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Liston, Katie/K (2008) Sport and Gender Relations. In: Matters of Sport: Essays in Honour of Eric Dunning. Routledge, pp. 114-132. ISBN 978-0-7146-8282-2 [Book section]

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Abstract

Modern sports appear to have a historically variable relative autonomy; that is to say,what happens in sport can be explained by looking at the changing balances of powerbetween the groups involved in sports, the integration of sports in wider social figurationssuch as national societies, and the stage of development of wider social totalities. Using thefigurational sociological perspective, this essay uses Eric Dunning’s work on sport andgender (since the 1960s) to investigate further aspects of: (i) the position of differentsporting disciplines in the overall status hierarchy of sports in Ireland; (ii) particularfemale athletes’ positions within these sports; (iii) the consequences of social relations forthe self-conceptions of masculine and feminine habituses; and (iv), the ways in whichchanges in the self-images and social make-up of male and female athletes in Ireland(as elsewhere) go hand in hand with changes in the social structure of gender relationsmore generally. The essay, therefore, is an attempt to outline and summarize the relevanceof Dunning’s work to our understanding of aspects of the sport-gender nexus in Westernsocieties and, secondly, makes a (modest) contribution towards ‘a sociology of sport in theRepublic of Ireland’.

Item Type:Book section
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > Ulster Sports Academy
Research Institutes and Groups:Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Sport in Society
ID Code:12331
Deposited By:Dr Katie Liston
Deposited On:23 Mar 2010 10:58
Last Modified:12 Feb 2014 12:10

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