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

Kanemasu, Y. and Molnar, Gyozo ORCID: (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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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 Discrete Keywords: Fiji, gender/sexuality, hegemony, post-colonial, women’s rugby
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Sport and Exercise Science
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Depositing User: Gyozo Molnar
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2016 12:25
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:10

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