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Double-trouble: Negotiating Gender and Sexuality in Post-colonial Women’s Rugby in Fiji

Kanemasu, Yoko and Molnar, G. (2015) Double-trouble: Negotiating Gender and Sexuality in Post-colonial Women’s Rugby in Fiji. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, In pri . pp. 1-17. ISSN 1012-6902

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Although women’s exclusion in sport has attracted significant attention in the western context, similar issues in relation to post-colonial societies have remained in the margins of the sociology of sport. By analysing primary, interview-based evidence, in this article we explore the challenges female rugby players face regarding gender and sexuality in Fiji; a male dominated post-colonial society. In particular, we focus on participants’ resistance to dominant cultural practices and ways in which they (re)negotiate gender norms and sexuality in a double-bind struggle against both traditional and sporting male hegemonies. We argue that the case of Fijian women rugby players illustrates an interplay between a multiplicity of power relations in sport in a post-colonial society and the resilience with which the athletes negotiate and respond to them, as well as the dynamic nature and the transformative potential of their everyday practices.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Yoko Kanemasu
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2015 03:50
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2016 03:10

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