From glamour to drudgery - changing gender patterns in the Equine sector : A comparative study of Sweden and Great Britian in the Twentieth Century

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Title From glamour to drudgery - changing gender patterns in the Equine sector : A comparative study of Sweden and Great Britian in the Twentieth Century
Author(s) Hedenborg, Susanna ; Hedenborg White, Manon
Date 2013
Editor(s) Adelman, Miriam; Knijnik, Jorge
English abstract
The aim of this chapter is to analyse changing gender and social class patterns in equestrian sports in Sweden and Great Britain during the twentieth century. One hundred years ago, equestrian sports were strongly connected to men and masculinity. Men worked together with and used horses in agriculture, forestry, in the transport sector and in the army. A real man was a ‘horse man’. In Sweden horse riding was connected to the army and to the upper class. In today’s Sweden equestrianism is strongly connected to women, girls and femininity on all levels. Furthermore, the contemporary equestrian sector is of great economic importance to the Swedish economy, and horse riding is popular and not only restricted to members of the upper class. Less is known about the development in Great Britain, despite the fact that Great Britain has since long been seen as a very important place for the development of equestrian sports. In order to understand the process of changing gender codes and the growth of the sector in Sweden and to explore and understand the development in Great Britain in the twentieth century, this chapter examines articles on the equestrian competitions of the Olympic Games in 1912, 1948, 1952, 1956 and 1964 in Swedish and British magazines.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6824-6_2 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Springer
Host/Issue Gender and equestrian sport
ISBN 978-94-007-6823-9
Pages 15-36
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Euquestrian sport
Stable work
Equine sector
Horse
Gender
History
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/15722 (link to this page)

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