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1st Edition

Women and Sport in Asia

ISBN 9780367675837
Published May 31, 2021 by Routledge
288 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This is the first book to survey the participation of women in sport and physical education across Asia, from the Middle East and South Asia through to the Asia-Pacific region.

 Covering sport and physical activity at all levels, from school-based PE and community sport to elite, high-performance sport, the book provides an important overview of developments in policy, theory and research across this complex and dynamic region. It has a strong focus on gender equity but is informed by important intersecting influences that affect the lives of girls and women and their participation in sport. Including contributions from leading scholars from across the region, the book draws on multi-disciplinary perspectives, including sociology, cultural studies, anthropology, and history, and makes an important contribution to global understanding of diversity, challenges, and achievements in the sporting lives of Asian Women.

This book will be a fascinating read for any student, researcher, or policy-maker working in sport studies, gender studies, women’s studies or Asian studies.

Table of Contents

Part I: Background and Initiatives


1          Introduction: Asian Women in Sport

            Maryam Koushkie Jahromi, Rosa López de D’Amico and Maria Luisa M. Guinto


2          International Developments in Policy for Equity: Girls and Women in Physical Education and Sport

            Rosa López de D’Amico and María Dolores González-Rivera


3          Female Empowerment through ‘Sport & Development’ in Asia

            Marianne Meier


Part II: Country Cases


4          Bangladesh Women and Sport

            Mashuda Khatun Shefali


5          Gender Equality and Opportunities in Physical Education and Sport for Women in China

            Jian Wang, Min Liu, Tao Wang, Yujie Wang and Siheng Zhou


6          Women and Sport in Hong Kong

            Catherine M. Capio and Cindy H.P. Sit


7          Women and Sport in India

            Usha Sujit Nair and Nisha Rebecca Eapen


8          Indonesian Muslim Female Athletes: Wearing the Hijab with Pride

            Mustika Fitri, Nur Andini Suryalestari and Wulandari Putri


9          Iranian Women in Sport

            Maryam Koushkie Jahromi


10        Turning Point for Japanese Women and Sports: From the Moon to the Sun

            Yumi Terayama and Arisa Yagi


11        Women and Sport in South Korea: Challenges and Achievements as Stepping Stones to the Future

            Kyungock Yi, Hyunmi Heu and Bona Lee


12        Feminist Development in Sports and Physical Education in Macau

            Walter Ho, Klaudia Kukurova, Sin Ieng Auieong and Jiaxi Hu


13        Sport in Malaysia: Towards Gender Equality

            Selina Khoo and Nor Eeza Zainal Abidin


14        Women’s Participation in Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport in Oman

            Yousra Al-Sinani, Anfal Al-Wahaibi and Tansin Benn


15        Women and Sport in Pakistan

            Soniha Aslam


16        Women in Philippine Sport and Physical Education: Bridging the Gender Divide

            Maria Luisa M. Guinto, Gilda Lasat-Uy and Marilou F. Cantancio


17        Women and Sport in Qatar

            Krystyna U. Golkowska


18        Women and Sport in Saudi Arabia

            Mona Kamal Shahab, Marta Pérez-Villalba and Elise Kossaifi


19        Women and Sport in Singapore

            Emily Ortega and Teoh Chin Sim


20        Women and Sport in Sri Lanka

            Lilamani de Soysa, D.L.I.H.K. Peiris and Shiromi De Alwis


21        Women and Sport in the Republic of Tajikistan

            Dilbar Turakhanova and Sophia Kasymova


22        Analysis of Women and Sport in Turkey

            Canan Koca


23        Exploring the United Arab Emirate’s Dynamic Sports Scene for Women

            Leonardo Mataruna-Dos-Santos, Nada Abdalmajeed Alshaibani, Mohammed Sayeed Khan and Asli Cazorla Milla


Part III: Moving Forward


24        Conclusion

            Maria Luisa M. Guinto, Rosa López de D’Amico and Maryam Koushkie Jahromi

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Rosa Lopez de D’Amico is Professor at Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador (UPEL), Venezuela.


Maryam Koushkie Jahromi is Professor of Exercise Physiology, and Women’s Health and Sport, at Shiraz University, Iran.


Maria Luisa M. Guinto is Associate Professor and Research Director of the College of Human Kinetics at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Philippines.