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Heroines of Sport

The Politics of Difference and Identity, 1st Edition

By Jennifer Hargreaves


304 pages

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Heroines of Sport looks closely at different groups of women whose stories have been excluded from previous accounts of women's sports and female heroism. It focuses on five specific groups of women from different places in the world: Black women in South Africa; Muslim women from the Middle East; Aboriginal women from Australia and Canada; and lesbian and disabled women from different countries worldwide. It also asks searching questions about colonialism and neo-colonialism in the women's international sport movement.

The particular groups of women featured in the book reflect the need to look at specific categories of difference relating to class, culture, disability, ethnicity, race, religion and sexual orientation. In her account, Jennifer Hargreaves reveals how the participation of women in sport across the world is tied to their sense of difference and identity. Based on original research each chapter includes material which relates to significant political and cultural developments.

Heroines of Sport will be invaluable reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students of sport sociology, and will also be relevant for students working in women's studies and other specialized fields, such as development studies or the politics of Aboriginality, disability, Islam, race and sexuality.


'This is a marvellous book, … which is timely, superbly researched, very well written, and enormously engaging, … a substantial contribution to women and sport literature.' - Dr M. Ann Hall, Professor Emertitus, University of Alberta, Canada

Table of Contents

1. Introducing Heroines of Sport: Making Sense of Difference and Identity 2. Race, Politics and Gender: Women's Struggle for Sport in South Africa 3. The Muslim Female Heroic: Shorts or Veils? 4. Aboriginal Sportswomen: Heroines of Difference or Objects of Assimilation? 5. Sporting Lesbians: Heroic Symbols of Sexual Liberation 6. Impaired and Disabled: Building on Ability 7. Struggling for a New World Order: The Women's International Sport Movement

About the Author

Jennifer Hargreaves is Professor of Sport Sociology at Brunel University. She wasone of the early pioneers of sport sociology and has edited the watershed text Sport, Culture and Ideology and written Sporting Females: Critical Issues in the History and Sociology of Women's Sports, both published by Routledge.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General