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Women’s Wrestling: A ‘Fight’ for the Transformation of Cultural Schemas in Relation to Gender

Independent Researcher with a bachelors degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Faculty of Geography and History, University of Barcelona, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Societies 2019, 9(1), 8; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc9010008
Received: 15 July 2018 / Revised: 10 January 2019 / Accepted: 12 January 2019 / Published: 22 January 2019
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Abstract

This article reports on the findings from a social anthropological ethnographic study conducted within the area of women’s freestyle wrestling in Barcelona. The study focused on exploring female wrestlers’ experiences of the connection between their participation and visibility in this sport and the hegemonic gendered cultural schemas established within our society in relation to gender. The ethnography comprised participant interviews and observations which enabled an exploratory thematic analysis of the relevant experiences of female wrestlers and situates these in the context of gender relations in the sport and in society. The preliminary findings are that freestyle wrestling in this context remains a sexist environment and wrestling shows still include stereotyped discourses when it comes to the staging of women’s matches. While there has been some development in terms of female participation in this environment, male dominated discourses, practices and infrastructures still represent a significant barrier for the development of women’s wrestling in Spain. View Full-Text
Keywords: woman; gender; body; sport; female wrestling; wrestling; social-cultural construction; cultural transmission; physical culture woman; gender; body; sport; female wrestling; wrestling; social-cultural construction; cultural transmission; physical culture
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Rivera Robles, P. Women’s Wrestling: A ‘Fight’ for the Transformation of Cultural Schemas in Relation to Gender. Societies 2019, 9, 8.

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