Gender and sports within the Equine Sector : A comparative perspective

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Gender and sports within the Equine Sector : A comparative perspective
Author(s) Hedenborg, Susanna
Date 2015
English abstract
The aim of this article is to discuss and problematize research on gender and sports within the equine sector, and to argue for the necessity of a comparative perspective in order to understand the gender order within equestrian sports. The article will focus on two areas within the equine sector: horse racing and Olympic equestrianism. Differences over time as well as between countries and events will be highlighted and discussed. Previous research demonstrates that the equine sector has historically been connected to men and masculinity in large parts of the world, although there are many examples of women working with horses and enjoying equestrian activities during their leisure time. During the twentieth century, horses have become progressively less important for agriculture, forestry, transport, and the army. The societal context is interesting, as sport historians Jennifer Hargreaves and Gertrud Pfister have claimed that a destabilization of the gender order in society at large may open new opportunities for women in sport. It is argued in this article that an analytical framework based on insights from gender studies and a comparative perspective is crucial if the development is to be understood and explained.
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Publisher Taylor & Francis
Host/Issue The International journal of the history of sport;4
Volume 32
ISSN 0952-3367
Pages 551-564
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Equestrian sport
Sport history
Comparative history
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
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