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Rethinking Gender and Youth Sport

Edited by Ian Wellard

Series Editor: Richard Bailey

© 2008 – Routledge

184 pages

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Much writing on gender and sport is focused upon the negative impact of girls’ exclusion from the arena, suggesting by inference that current practice in sport and physical education offers an uncomplicatedly positive sport experience for boys, and that gender, in and of itself, offers a simple starting point for research into young people’s experience of sport.

Rethinking Gender and Youth Sport articulates certain themes which, it is suggested, might contribute to broadening and furthering discussion in the area of gender, youth sport and physical activity. This collection considers a number of themes relating to gender in sport, including:

  • the body
  • competence, ability and school physical education
  • cultural change and diversity
  • gendered spaces
  • human rights and well-being.

Authoritative writers have contributed thought provoking chapters which will prompt the reader to re-think the ways in which gender is understood within the context of youth sport.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Ian Wellard 2. Physical Education, Physical Activity, Sport and Gender Dawn Penney 3. Embodied Identities: Boxing Masculinities Kath Woodward 4. Girls, Bodies and Pain: Negotiating the Body in Ballet Angela Pickard 5. Being ‘Able’ in a Performative Culture: Physical Education’s Contribution to a Healthy Interest in Sport? John Evans, Emma Rich, Rachel Allwood and Brian Davies 6. Inflexible Bodies and Minds: Exploring Gendered Limits in Contemporary Sport, Physical Education and Dance Ian Wellard 7. Gender and Secondary School NCPE: Change Alongside Continuity Ken Green, Andy Smith, Miranda Thurston and Kevin Lamb 8. (Hetero)sexy Waves: Surfing, Space, Gender and Sexuality Gordon Waitt 9. Sport, Well-Being and Gender Richard Bailey, Andrew Bloodworth and Mike McNamee

About the Editor

Ian Wellard is Head of the Centre for Physical Education Research, Canterbury Christ Church University.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Physical Education and Youth Sport

The Routledge Studies in Physical Education and Youth Sport series is a forum for the discussion of the latest and most important ideas and issues in physical education, sport, and active leisure for young people across school, club and recreational settings. The series presents the work of the best well-established and emerging scholars from around the world, offering a truly international perspective on policy and practice. It aims to enhance our understanding of key challenges, to inform academic debate, and to have a high impact on both policy and practice, and is thus an essential resource for all serious students of physical education and youth sport.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports