Identity, Belonging, and Community in Men’s Roller Derby: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Identity, Belonging, and Community in Men’s Roller Derby

1st Edition

By Dawn Fletcher


192 pages

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Hardback: 9780367856809
pub: 2020-05-12
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Modern roller derby has been theorised as a gendered leisure context, offering women opportunities for empowerment and growth, and enabling them to carve a space for themselves in sport. No longer a women-only sport, roller derby is now played by all genders and has been heralded as a model of inclusivity within sport.

Identity, Belonging, and Community in Men’s Roller Derby offers an insight into how men’s roller derby culture is created and maintained, how members forge an identity for themselves and their team, and how they create feelings of belonging and inclusivity. Through in-depth ethnographic study of a specific, localised roller derby community, this book examines how practices of skills capital intersect with different configurations of masculinity in a continual struggle between traditional and inclusive models of sport.

An interrogation of the ways a DIY sport can be seen to be achieved, experienced, and understood in everyday practice, this book will appeal to scholars of men, masculinities, and sport. Additionally, the methodological discussions will be of value to ethnographers and researchers who have had to deal with a disruptive presence.

Table of Contents

1. Not Just a Girls’ Sport

2. Community and Engagement

3. Image and Identity

4. Belonging and Inclusivity

5. Barriers to Belonging

6. Skills Capital and Acceptable Masculinities

About the Author

Dawn Fletcher is a qualitative researcher working in the fields of gender and sport. She has published articles on skills capital and trans inclusion in roller derby and is especially interested in the possibilities for diversity and inclusion in alternative sports.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Gender and Society

The social sciences continue to be transformed and enriched by analysis which takes gender, and the ways in which gender and society interact, to be of vital, defining importance. This series is new and broadly based, and will publish high-level contributions from across the disciplines.

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Subject Categories

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