Binaries and bridging : a feminist analysis of women's rugby participation

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Jeanine E. Scrogum (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Diane Gill

Abstract: F"The purpose of this research was to explore the experiences of women who play rugby as articulated by the women themselves. 14 women took part in three focus groups to discuss their experiences in rugby and the meanings they attributed to them. The ways in which women are affected by participating, and how rugby and sport are changed through these women's participation is also addressed. Emergent themes which developed from the focus groups include: Rugby is Inclusive, Rugby is Fun, Rugby is Community, Rugby is Empowering, Tactics for Social Change, New Visions of Sport and Claiming Feminist Identities. The concepts of binaries and bridging are introduced to illustrate overriding phenomena. Binaries work to maintain ideologies, while the meaning of bridging has multiple meanings, most importantly is describes how the women playing rugby are bridging several sport settings. The themes and phenomena are discussed and supported through the words of the participants. "--Abstract from author supplied metadata.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2005
rugby, women, feminist identities
Rugby football
Rugby football--Social aspects
Rugby football players
Women athletes--Attitudes
Feminism and sports--United States

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