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Routledge Handbook of Sport, Gender and Sexuality

1st Edition

Edited by Jennifer Hargreaves, Eric Anderson


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The Routledge Handbook of Sport, Gender and Sexuality brings together important new work from 68 leading international scholars that, collectively, demonstrates the intrinsic interconnectedness of sport, gender and sexuality. It introduces what is, in essence, a sophisticated sub-area of sport sociology, covering the field comprehensively, as well as signalling ideas for future research and analysis. Wide-ranging across different historical periods, different sports, and different local and global contexts, the book incorporates personal, ideological and political narratives; varied conceptual, methodological and theoretical approaches; and examples of complexities and nuanced ways of understanding the gendered and sexualized dynamics of sport. It examines structural and cultural forms of gender segregation, homophobia, heteronormativity and transphobia, as well as the ideological struggles and changes that have led to nuanced ways of thinking about the sport, gender and sexuality nexus. This is a landmark work of reference that will be a key resource for students and researchers working in sport studies, gender studies, sexuality studies or sociology.


"The most wide-ranging volume ever published on the broad topic of gender and sexuality within sport. Summing Up: Recommended." -S. K. Fields, University of Colorado-Denver, CHOICE Review, December 2014

"…both fascinating and leading edge…The Routledge Handbook of Sport, Gender and Sexuality highlights how much more there is to know. It also demonstrates how many ongoing and emerging issues there are to consider, accomodate and./or address. I highly recommend this text for those interested in this field and how sport, gender and sexuality intertwine." - Elizabeth Bennet, Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA)

"This Handbook presents a vital contribution to the academic conversations surrounding gender and sexuality and should be seen as a foundational read for any student or academic concerned with this terrain." - Benjamin Moreland, University of Gloucestershire,

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Sport, Gender and Sexuality: Surveying the Field - Jennifer Hargreaves and Eric Anderson Section 1 Historical Perspectives: Setting the Scene 2. Games for the Boys: Sport, Empire and the Creation of the Masculine Ideal - Dean Allen 3. Sport, Gender and Sexuality at the 1908 London Olympic Games - Martin Polley 4. Gender In/Equality at the Olympic and Paralympic Games - Maureen M. Smith and Alison M. Wrynn 5. The Dancing Body, Sexuality, and the Emergence of the ‘New Woman’ - Patricia Vertinsky 6. Women and Sport in Interwar Britain - Carol Osborne and Fiona Skillen 7. The Gendered Governance of Association Football - Jean Williams 8. A Post-Colonial Critique of the International ‘Movements’ for Women and Sexuality in Sport - Elizabeth C.J. Pike and Jordan J.K. Matthews Section 2 Views from Countries across the World 9. Women and Sport in Mainland China: Revolution, Resistance and Resilience - Jinxia Dong 10. From Ryōsaikenbo to the World Cup Win of Nadeshiko: Women and Sports in Japan - Keiko Ikeda 11. Sumo and Masculine Gigantism - Hans Bonde 12. Rituals of the Masculine State: Sports Festivals, Gender and Power in Laos and Southeast Asia - Simon Creak 13. Gendered Barriers to Brazilian Female Football: 20th Century Legacies - Jorge Knijnik 14. The Participation of Women in Brazilian Olympic Sport - Katia Rubio 15. Women and Athletics in South Africa - Christopher Merrett Section 3 Diversity and Division 16. Intersectionality and Whiteness: Troubling Gender and Sexuality in Sport Studies - Mary G. McDonald 17. British Asian Female Footballers: Intersections of Identity - Aarti Ratna 18. Black Female Athletes as Space Invaders - Ben Carrington 19. Disabled Sporting Bodies as Sexual Beings: Reflections and Challenges - Andrew C. Sparkes, James Brighton and Kay Inckle 20. The Role of Sport in Negotiating the Dilemma of Disabled Masculinity - Nikki Wedgwood 21. Religion, Culture and Sport in the Lives of Young Muslim Women: International Perspectives - Symeon Dagkas, Tansin Benn and Kelly Knez Section 4 Gender Conformity and its Challenges 22. Interrogating the Body in Contemporary Cheerleading - Pamela Bettis and Natalie Guice Adams 23. Sexuality and the Muscular Male Body - Kenneth R. Dutton 24. Can Gender Equality Become an Encumbrance? - Håkan Larsson 25. Women and Surfing Spaces in Newquay, UK - Georgina Roy and Jayne Caudwell 26. Female Football Fans and Gender Performance - Stacey Pope 27. Watching Women Box - Kasia Boddy Section 5 Homosexuality: Issues and Challenges 28. Overcoming Sexism and Homophobia in Women’s Sports - Pat Griffin 29. Sport and a Cultural Shift Away from Homohysteria - Rachael Bullingham, Rory Magrath and Eric Anderson 30. Contextualizing Homophobic Language in Sport - Mark McCormack 31. 100 Missing Men: Participation, Selection, and Silence of Gay Athletes - Scott Ogawa 32. I Don't "Look Gay": Different Disclosures of Sexual Identity in Men's, Women's and Co-ed Sport - Elizabeth Cavalier 33. Gay Sport Spaces: Transgressing Hetero(/homo)normativity and Transforming Sport? - Scarlett Drury 34. The Gay Games: A Beacon of Inclusion in Sport? - Caroline Symons 35. The Pink Flamingo: A Gay Aquatic Spectacle - Terry L. Allison Section 6 Questioning and Transgressing Sex 36. Subjective Sex: Science, Medicine and Sex Tests in Sport - Vanessa Heggie 37. Affective Forms: Neuroscience, Gender and Sport - Leslie Heywood 38. Queer Genes? The Bio-Amazons Project: A Response to Critics - Claudio M. Tamburrini 39. Transgender Exclusion and Inclusion in Sport - Adam Love 40. The Inclusion of Transgender Students in United States School-Based Athletics - Helen Carroll 41. Male/Female or Other: the Untold Stories of Female Athletes with Intersex Conditions in India - Payoshni Mitra Section 7 Power, Control and Abuse 42. Foucauldian Examinations of Sport, Gender and Sexuality - Richard Pringle 43. Psychological Safety and the Expression of Sexual Orientation Personal Identity - George B. Cunningham, Andrew C. Pickett, E. Nicole Melton, Woojun Lee and Kathi Miner 44. Sportswork: The Gendered Significance of Sport at Work - Michele R. Gregory 45. Suffering in Gratitude: Sport and the Sexually Abused Male Child - Mike Hartill 46. The Olympic Missionary Position: Gender, Race, and the Telling of Truths - Laura Robinson 47. Transcending the (White) Straight Mind in Sport - Caroline Fusco Section 8 Gender and Sexuality in the Mediation of Sport 48.Sporting Fictions: In Praise of Masculinity? - Jeffrey Hill 49. Transmitting Softer Masculinity: Sports Talk Radio and Masculinity - David Nylund 50. Sexuality in the Mediation of Sport - Edward M. Kian 51. Gender, Media and the Sport Scandal - David Rowe 52. Myth and Masculinity in the Sport Films of Jorgen Leth - Ian McDonald 53. Gender Trouble in Female Sports Films - Katharin A Lindner

About the Editors

Jennifer Hargreaves is retired from full-time university work and is now a freelance writer/consultant. She was an early pioneer of sport sociology specializing in gender issues, the role of women in sport and the politics of the body. Jennifer has published prolifically, with translations into several different languages; has given addresses all over the world; and has worked as a guest professor in Germany, Hong Kong and Japan.

Eric Anderson is a sociologist and a Professor of Sport, Masculinities and Sexualities at the University of Winchester, UK. His research shows an increasingly positive relationship between gay athletes and sport, as well as a growing movement of heterosexual masculinities becoming softer and more inclusive. Professor Anderson has published twelve books, including Sport, Theory and Social Problems, Inclusive Masculinity and Sport, Masculinities and Sexualities, all with Routledge.

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Subject Categories

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