USP Electronic Research Repository

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

[img] PDF (Online version, awaiting publication in print) - Published Version
Restricted to Repository staff only

Download (372Kb)


    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 15:50
    Last Modified: 01 Nov 2016 15:10

    Actions (login required)

    View Item

    Document Downloads

    More statistics for this item...