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

Kanemasu, Y. and Molnar, Gyozo (2017) Double-trouble: Negotiating Gender and Sexuality in Post-colonial Women’s Rugby in Fiji. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 52 (4). pp. 430-446. ISSN Print 1012-6902 Online 1461-7218

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Abstract

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.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Fiji, gender/sexuality, hegemony, post-colonial, women’s rugby
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Sport and Exercise Science
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Depositing User: Gyozo Molnar
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2016 12:25
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2017 14:56
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/4276

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