Sport and Women: Social Issues in International Perspective

Sport and Women: Social Issues in International Perspective

Sport and Women: Social Issues in International Perspective

Sport and Women: Social Issues in International Perspective

Synopsis

Although female athletes are successful in all types of sport, in many countries sport is still a male domain. This book examines and compares the sporting experiences of women from different countries around the world and offers the first systematic and cross-cultural analysis of the topic of women in sport. Sport and Women presents a wealth of new research data, including in-depth case-studies of 16 countries in North and South America, Asia, Eastern and Western Europe and Africa. In addition, the book offers comparative assessments of the extent to which women are represented in global sport and the opportunities that women have to participate in decision-making processes in sport. The book illuminates a wide range of key international issues in women's sport, such as cultural barriers to participation and the efficacy of political action. It is therefore essential reading for anybody with an interest in the sociology, culture and politics of sport.

Excerpt

The International Society for Comparative Physical Education and Sport (ISCPES) launched this book series in conjunction with E. & F.N. Spon and Routledge in 1999 with the first title Sport and Physical Education in China (Riordan and Jones, 1999: E. & F.N. Spon). The concept for the series originated in a perceived need to rectify the dearth of published literature in the international, comparative, trans-national and cross-cultural domains of sport and physical education. The concept was linked with the intention of moving international and comparative studies beyond description through disseminating analytically interpreted information and fostering critical awareness and understanding. Hence, in keeping with the ISCPES mission of developing international and comparative study through support and encouragement of those seeking to initiate and strengthen research and teaching programmes in physical education and sport throughout the world, the primary purposes of the titles in the series individually and collectively are to extend knowledge and stimulate comparative and reflective understanding of national systems and thematic and topical issues.

Structurally, the series is divided into two types of text: volumes, which essentially adopt an 'area' (i.e. mono-national) focus, and volumes which address 'problems' (i.e. topics or themes) in international and/or cross-cultural settings. Thus, the first two published titles in the series, Sport and Physical Education in China, followed by Sport and Physical Education in Germany (Naul and Hardman, 2002: Routledge), focused on national systems. This third title, Sport and Women: Social Issues in International Perspective, in specifically addressing this gender-related topical theme, is the first volume to take a 'problem' study approach. Like its two 'area' text predecessors, the template for the content of this 'problem' study volume facilitates comparative awareness of situations and developments in a differentiated array of countries and cultures and provides an analytic dimension rather than a mere descriptive narration of systems and issues, which are pervasively important in global and cross-cultural contexts. At the same time, these situations and developments are subject to culturally specific 'local' (national and/or community) interpretations, policies and practices, which have variously been shaped by a range of historical, ideological, polit-

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