Although female athletes are successful in all types of sport, in many countries sport is still a male domain. This book examines and compares the sporting experiences of women from different countries around the world and offers the first systematic and cross-cultural analysis of the topic of women in sport.
Sport and Women presents a wealth of new research data, including in-depth case-studies of 16 countries in North and South America, Asia, Eastern and Western Europe and Africa. In addition, the book offers comparative assessments of the extent to which women are represented in global sport and the opportunities that women have to participate in decision-making processes in sport.
The book illuminates a wide range of key international issues in women's sport, such as cultural barriers to participation and the efficacy of political action. It is therefore essential reading for anybody with an interest in the sociology, culture and politics of sport.
Table of Contents
1. Women and Sport in Comparative and International Perspectives. Issues, Aims and Theoretical Approaches 2. Women and Sport in Norway 3. Women and Sport in the UK 4. The Inclusion of Women into German Sport Systems 5. Sport Development and Inclusion of Women in France 6. Women and Sport in Spain 7. Women and Sport in the Czech Republic 8. Women and Sport in Tanzania 9. Women and Sport in South Africa: Shaped by History and Shaping Sporting History 10. Social Issues in American Women's Sports 11. Girl's and Women's Sport in Canada: From Playground to Podium 12. Brazilian Women and Girls in Physical Activities and Sport 13. Women in Colombian Sport: A Review of Absence and Redemption 14. Women and Sport in Iran: Keeping Goal in Hijab? 15. Women's Sport in the People's Republic of China: Body, Politics and the Unfinished Revolution 16. Gender Relations in Japanese Sports Organisation and Sport Involvement 17. Women and Sport in New Zealand 18. Women's Inclusion in Sport - International and Comparative Findings