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Rönnbäck, Julia
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Ekholm, D., Dahlstedt, M. & Rönnbäck, J. (2019). Problematizing the absent girl: sport as a means of emancipation and social inclusion. Sport in Society: Cultures, Media, Politics, Commerce, 22(6), 1043-1061
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Problematizing the absent girl: sport as a means of emancipation and social inclusion
2019 (English)In: Sport in Society: Cultures, Media, Politics, Commerce, ISSN 1743-0437, E-ISSN 1743-0445, Vol. 22, no 6, p. 1043-1061Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Absence from sport participation among girls from ethno-cultural minorities is often highlighted as an inclusion policy challenge. Based on 35 interviews with community sports coaches, managers and partners, we explore how the absence of girls is problematized in four Swedish sports-based interventions, focusing on how problems, as well as the means and the ends of social inclusion, are articulated. The girls are assessed as being in need of social change due to their alleged social exclusion. Absence is explained by "patriarchal norms" as well as by the introvert conduct of the girls themselves. Girls-only sports activities performed by female coaches as role models are described as a way for girls to gain social inclusion and to become emancipated from subjugating norms. In conclusion, participation in community sport is highlighted in discourse as crucial for adopting powers of emancipation. A similar discourse could be recognized elsewhere, inside and outside the realm of sport.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2019
Community, Girls, intersectionality, social exclusion, social inclusion
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Social Sciences, Sociology
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-82409 (URN)10.1080/17430437.2018.1505870 (DOI)000464565500010 ()2-s2.0-85060064604 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-05-03 Created: 2019-05-03 Last updated: 2019-08-29Bibliographically approved

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