Gendered performances and identity construction among UK female soccer players and netballers: a comparative study

Devonport, Tracey J., Russell, Kate, Leflay, Kath and Conway, Jennifer (2019) Gendered performances and identity construction among UK female soccer players and netballers: a comparative study. Sport in Society, 22 (7). pp. 1131-1147. ISSN 1743-0437

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Abstract

This paper examines the gendered performances and identity construction of UK female University soccer players and netballers (n = 31). Focus group interviews explored their sporting experiences with reference to body perceptions, and perceptions of their sporting bodies outside sporting contexts. Three themes resulted from data analysis, these being; (1) UK culture, body performances and femininity, (2) sporting culture, body performances and femininity and (3) transiency of body satisfaction across sport and non-sport contexts. Findings suggest that sport may not always provide an opportunity to challenge and resist dominant discourses. In both netball and soccer, a range of surveillance and management practices were used that served to perpetuate the value of a ‘feminine’ and assumed heterosexual body, and legitimize their sport participation through an emphasis on a hyper-femininity. The influence of sport subcultures on gendered performances and identity construction, along with implications for marketing sports participation to women are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: body image,body performance,masculine,feminine,transiency
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2018 16:30
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2019 01:49
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/69162
DOI: 10.1080/17430437.2018.1504773

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