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Sport, Gender and Power

The Rise of Roller Derby, 1st Edition

By Adele Pavlidis, Simone Fullagar


216 pages

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As a new breed of lifestyle sport enthusiasts ’derby grrrls’ are pushing the boundaries of gender as they negotiate the nexus of pleasure, pain and power relations. Offering a socio-cultural analysis of the rise and reinvention of roller derby as both a new, globalized women’s sport and an everyday creative leisure space, this book explores the manner in which roller derby has emerged as a gendered space for self-transformation, belonging and embodied contest, in which women are invited to experience their emotions differently, embrace pain and overcome limits. Sport, Gender and Power: The Rise of Roller Derby presents detailed interview, ethnographic and autoethnographic material, together with a range of media texts to shed new light on the complex relationships of power experienced by women in derby as a sport culture, whilst also examining the darker relationships that characterise the sport, including those of inclusion and exclusion, difference and identity, and competition and participation. A contemporary feminist study of empowerment, sexual difference, gender and affect, this book will appeal to scholars of gender and sexuality, embodiment, feminist thought and the sociology of sport and leisure.


’In the ever expanding sports literature it is so good to see such significant, substantial, feminist research which combines robust critical theory with innovative methodologies. This great book makes a significant contribution to the literature on the social, political and cultural significance of sport. It really is inspiring. I learned so much.’ Kath Woodward, Open University, UK ’Unique, accessible, smart and practical: Pavlidis and Fullagar have crafted a theoretically sophisticated examination of the unique context of the woman-centered space. Socio-cultural theorists and sport enthusiasts are afforded the occasion to see what this growing sport illustrates about the complexity, fragility, utility and power of gender in contemporary society. You’ll never think of them as just girls on skates� again.’ Corey W. Johnson, University of Georgia, USA

About the Authors

Adele Pavlidis was awarded her doctorate from Griffith University, Australia and is currently a member of the Griffith Centre for Cultural Research.

Simone Fullagar is Professor of Sport and Physical Cultural Studies at the University of Bath, UK. She is co-editor of Slow Tourism: Experiences and Mobilities.

About the Series

Gender, Bodies and Transformation

Gender, Bodies and Transformation
This series explores the intersection of two key themes in relation to scholarship on bodies: gender and transformation. Bodies are gendered via biology, culture, medicine and society, such that gender, so deeply and intimately connected to identity, is a crucial part of any thorough analysis of the body. At the same time, bodies are - and have always been - sites of transformation, whether through 'natural' processes such as pregnancy, illness and ageing, or the more eye-catching, 'unnatural' transformations of cosmetic surgery, violence, extreme bodybuilding or dieting, cross-species transplantation, elective amputation or tattooing. Interdisciplinary in scope and welcoming work from a range of approaches, including cultural and media studies, sociology, gender studies, feminist theory, phenomenology, queer studies and ethnography, Gender, Bodies and Transformation publishes scholarly examinations of contemporary cultural changes that are relevant to both gender and the transformation of bodies, whether in single bodies or between bodies.

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Subject Categories

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