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Title Malmö Youth Sport Study : Gender positions in school sport
Author(s) Larneby, Marie
Date 2014
English abstract
In Sweden, sport is a popular activity but the numbers of participants have been declining since a few years back. In addition, even though almost all children are members of (at least) one sports club many drop out during the teenage period (girls younger than boys). This is perceived as a worry due to the vital state sports policy objective of high activity levels (Norberg 2013). However, many upper secondary schools in Sweden have in recent years specialized in physical activity and sports. The objective is often twofold: to promote an active lifestyle and/or foster elite athletes (Peterson & Norberg 2008). Malmö Youth Sport Study is an interdisciplinary research project with the main objective to study factors that are likely to influence adolescents to continue doing sports. The target group is a cohort of pupils attending a school with an explicit sport profile, who are admitted for skills in their specific sport. The purpose of my PhD-thesis is to study these adolescents’ experiences of and expectations on sport from a gender perspective. Questions like why and when gender is becoming important to young athletes, and how they negotiate gender positions in sport, will be considered.Methods and theoretical framework A qualitative methodological approach with interviews and observations is used. An ethnographic approach is emphasized. Of importance is to take part of the adolescents’ everyday life to be able to get hold of their voices, attitudes, conscious and unconscious ways of displaying, constructing and negotiating gender in sport. The theoretical framework is influenced by a constructivist approach, specifically the concepts of gender as a social institution (Lorber 1994) and inclusive masculinity (Anderson 2009). Considerations While the study is in its initial stage, no tentative results will be presented. There are many aspects to consider pertaining to the specific context of an explicit sport profile in school curricula. The daily, often gender integrated, training at school is added to the adolescents’ ordinary, mainly gender segregated, leisure training. How do they talk about and perform gender in (their) sport in school? Based on traditional notions of how men’s and women’s sport are valued differently regarding performance and status, how do these adolescents reflect upon and (re)construct gender?
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Gender
School sport
Youth sport
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Note 19th annual ECSS Congress Amsterdam/The Netherlands, July 2-5 2014
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