Sport, Gender and Stereotypes

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760). This special issue belongs to the section "Gender Studies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 September 2024 | Viewed by 1530

Special Issue Editors

Sport Management Department, University of Lynchburg, Lynchburg, VA 24501-3113, USA
Interests: sport management; gender
Department of Public Health-Sport Science, Aarhus Universitet, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark
Interests: sport science
School of Social Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, UK
Interests: women and sport
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Dear Colleagues,

We invite submissions for a special issue on "Sport, Gender and Stereotypes" to Social Sciences. Stereotypes, deeply rooted in social norms and beliefs, often shape our perceptions and expectations regarding gender roles and behaviors in sports. This special issue aims to explore the gendered contexts of sport and how these have become entangled in the reproduction of or challenges to gender stereotypes. We are interested in contributions that investigate how social assumptions about masculinity and femininity impact the development, practice, and sporting experiences at various levels. We encourage contributions that analyze historical trends, events, business, and coaching practices, as well as sociological aspects related to participation and performance in sports. 

The special issue welcomes interdisciplinary research that examines the complex interplay between gender, sport, and the broader social constructs within which they are embedded. We particularly encourage submissions that offer a strong historical perspective, but we also welcome contributions from contemporary perspectives, allowing for a comprehensive understanding of gender, stereotypes, and sport. 

Potential topics for submission include, but are not limited to: 

  • Historical analyses of gendered trends and practices in sports.
  • Examinations of gendered stereotypes and their impacts on sporting events and athletes.
  • Gender disparities in sports participation and access to resources.
  • The influence of social constructs on coaching, organizational structures, and decision-making processes in sports.
  • Socio-cultural factors affecting the performance and achievements of male and female athletes.
  • Explorations of the intersectionality of gender with other social categories (e.g., race, ethnicity, sexuality, disability) and its influence on the construction of sporting identities or sporting experiences.
  • Analyses of media representations and their role in reinforcing or challenging gender stereotypes in sports.

Dr. Lindsay Parks Pieper
Dr. Jörg Krieger
Dr. April Henning
Guest Editors

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  • sport
  • gender
  • history
  • intersectionality
  • social constructivism

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Legitimising and Delegitimising Women Coaches in the Golf Industry: Women Golf Professionals’ Experiences of Advocacy
Soc. Sci. 2023, 12(11), 617; - 04 Nov 2023
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The underrepresentation of women in sport coaching continues to be recognised by researchers and some international organisations. Golf too suffers from a dramatic underrepresentation of women coaches. The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of women golf coaches and how [...] Read more.
The underrepresentation of women in sport coaching continues to be recognised by researchers and some international organisations. Golf too suffers from a dramatic underrepresentation of women coaches. The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of women golf coaches and how they navigate this male-dominated coaching domain with a particular focus on experiences of advocacy. The research was designed to qualitatively capture women PGA Professionals’ lived experiences. Women PGA Professionals (N = 11) with 10–34 years of experience (M = 19.8) participated in semi-structured interviews that were structured on the four Ecological Systems Theory (EST) layers. Data were thematically analysed using the EST layers for initial categorization. From this, four themes were developed: recruitment and opportunity; on the course and in the pro shop; perceptions of women PGA Professionals; and advocacy and allies. The themes were part of two related processes: legitimisation and delegitimisation. These dual processes work to either validate women coaches—both as individuals and as a collective—or to undermine them within the profession, respectively, and operate over the four EST layers. Further, these processes are not always discreet and the two may overlap in unanticipated ways. Full article
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