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Women, Sport and Physical Activity


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The Women, Sport and Physical Activity series showcases work by leading international researchers and emerging scholars that offers new perspectives on the involvement of women in sport and physical activity. The series is interdisciplinary in scope, drawing on sociology, cultural studies, history, politics, gender studies, leisure studies, psychology, exercise science and coaching studies, and consists of two main strands: thematic volumes addressing key global issues in the study of women, sport and physical activity; and sport-specific volumes, each of which offers an overview of women’s participation and leadership in a particular sport.

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Women's Football in Africa

Women's Football in Africa

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Chuka Onwumechili
May 21, 2024

This is the first book to take an in-depth look at women’s football in Africa. Exploring the history, contemporary landscape and future development of the women’s game on the African continent, the book offers an important new perspective on the rise of women’s sport more broadly.  The book traces ...

The International Working Group on Women and Sport 1994-2024 The Challenge of Change

The International Working Group on Women and Sport 1994-2024: The Challenge of Change

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Elizabeth C.J. Pike
May 02, 2024

This book comprehensively evaluates the role of the International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG) - the world’s largest network dedicated to advancing gender equity and equality in sport, physical education and physical activity - in influencing global and domestic policy and practice.  The ...

Improving Gender Equity in Sports Coaching

Improving Gender Equity in Sports Coaching

1st Edition

Edited By Leanne Norman
September 25, 2023

The sport coaching profession has historically been and continues to be a White male-dominated occupation and this remains a global issue. This imbalance persists despite an improvement in wider social attitudes and legislation towards equality and diversity within many societies, and despite the ...

The 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup Politics, Representation, and Management

The 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup: Politics, Representation, and Management

1st Edition

Edited By Adam Beissel, Verity Postlethwaite, Andrew Grainger, Julie E. Brice
July 28, 2023

This book offers a critical examination of the 2023 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Women’s World Cup, being held in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. Drawing on perspectives from sociology, history, political science, and management, it sheds new light on the development...

Women in Snowboarding

Women in Snowboarding

1st Edition

By Mari Kristin Sisjord
June 13, 2023

This is the first book to examine the role of women in the origins, development and contemporary landscape of snowboarding. Focusing on organised and professional snowboarding, it explores the significance of women as participants, coaches, leaders, and high-profile sport stars.  The book ...

Women in Judo

Women in Judo

1st Edition

Edited By Mike Callan
May 31, 2023

This is the first book to explore women’s judo in all aspects, from the history and governance of the sport to cutting-edge sport science perspectives.  The book examines the story of judo for women and how the history of the sport has paralleled the cultural and social challenges faced by ...

Women in Rugby

Women in Rugby

1st Edition

Edited By Helene Joncheray
January 09, 2023

This is the first book to introduce key themes in the study of women’s rugby from multi-disciplinary perspectives, including history, sociology, gender studies, sport development and sport science. Featuring contributions from leading researchers and former international players from across Canada,...

Gender Equality and the Olympic Programme

Gender Equality and the Olympic Programme

1st Edition

By Michele K. Donnelly
December 22, 2022

This innovative study examines the Olympic programme from a critical feminist perspective, to shed new light on the issues of gender and inclusion at the Olympic Games and in the Olympic Movement.  Incorporating both quantitative and qualitative data, the book identifies and analyzes the ...

Gender-Based Violence in Children’s Sport

Gender-Based Violence in Children’s Sport

1st Edition

By Gretchen Kerr
October 28, 2022

This book addresses the major forms of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in children’s sport, including sexual, physical, and psychological violence and neglect. It reviews the historical, sociocultural, and political influences on violence towards children, and sets out future agendas for research and ...

Women's Artistic Gymnastics Socio-cultural Perspectives

Women's Artistic Gymnastics: Socio-cultural Perspectives

1st Edition

Edited By Roslyn Kerr, Natalie Barker-Ruchti, Carly Stewart, Gretchen Kerr
April 28, 2020

This book lifts the lid on the high pressured, complex world of women’s artistic gymnastics. By adopting a socio-cultural lens incorporating historical, sociological and psychological perspectives, it takes the reader through the story and workings of women’s artistic gymnastics. ...

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