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Sporting Females
Critical Issues in the History and Sociology of Women's Sport

ISBN 9780415070287
Published May 17, 1994 by Routledge
344 Pages

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Book Description

1994 North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Annual Book Award

An outstanding contribution to feminist analysis of sport from the nineteenth century to the present day. Jennifer Hargreaves views sport as a battle for control of the physical body and an important area for feminist intervention. Placing women at the centre of discussion, no other book is as comprehensive.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Chapter 1 Theories of sports; Chapter 2 Sports feminism; Chapter 3 Nature and culture; Chapter 4 The legitimation of female exercise; Chapter 5 Recreative and competitive sports; Chapter 6 The inter-war years; Chapter 7 Femininity or 'musculinity'?; Chapter 8 Gender relations of power; Chapter 9 Olympic women; Chapter 10 Sports for all women; Chapter 11 Into the twenty-first century;

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Jennifer Hargreaves


'This book deserves to read by as many people as possible. It is easily the most comprehensive and wisest examination of women's sporting experience in Britain. More than that, it is a major contribution to a significant and growing international debate.' - Social History of Medicine

'A must for those teaching and researching in the area of sport and leisure Sporting Females also makes an important contribution to an area which for some reason remains largely underdeveloped in Women's Studies.' - Womens Studies Intl Forum Vol 18 No 1

'...a highly readable and very useful text for women and sport courses at the post-secondary is a fine piece of scholarship leadin to a real possibility that sports can be important contexts for feminist intervention.' - The International Journal of the History and Sociology of Women's Sports