Interpretative repertoires of performance: Shaping gender in swimming

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Interpretative repertoires of performance: Shaping gender in swimming

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Interpretative repertoires of performance: Shaping gender in swimming
Author Grahn, Karin
Date 2015
English abstract
This article deals with the way in which various views of performance are used in talking about youth competitive swimming during adolescence. Making use of interviews with competitive youth swimmers and coaches, the study explores the interpretative repertoires used to discuss performance, and how these repertoires influence gender construction. The analysis of the interview data shows that boys are positioned as performing athletes and girls as stagnating in their athletic progress. These positions are consequencies of the interpretative repertoire of performance as outcome, framing time and personal records as the most central aspect. Since girls are perceived as not breaking personal records, they are also positioned as the ones with deteriorating performances during adolescence. Alternative interpretative repertoires discovered in the interviews are performance as a process and as doing one’s best. These repertoires were less connected to gender and enabled more athletes (both girls and boys) to be viewed by themselves and others as performing athletes.
Link http://sportstudies.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05... (external link to publication)
Publisher Department of Sport Studies, Malmö University
Host/Issue Scandinavian Sport Studies Forum;
Volume 6
Pages 47-64
Language eng (iso)
Subject Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS
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