Unknown soldiers and very pretty ladies : Challenges to the social order of sports in Post-War Sweden

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Unknown soldiers and very pretty ladies : Challenges to the social order of sports in Post-War Sweden
Author(s) Hedenborg, Susanna
Date 2009
English abstract
When Sweden played host to the Equestrian competitions of the 1956 Olympics, social issues of class and gender were publicly discussed and challenged. Indeed, equestrian sports by their very nature and history drew attention to the changing social order of sports (and society at large) during the 1950s. It will be shown that there were a range of quite ambivalent responses to working class men and to women during this time in Sweden. Furthermore, it will be demonstrated that the relationship between these social issues and horse riding was challenged and revised during this time and that the 1950s can be seen as a turning point for the social order of sports. Equestrian sports provide a fascinating case study due firstly to a number of specific contextual features that will be explained, and secondly because they were among the first sports in Sweden to face challenges to traditional social structures.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17460260903358585 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Routledge
Host/Issue Sport in History;4
Volume 29
ISSN 1746-0263
Pages 601-620
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) gender
history
sports
social class
Olympic games
equestrian sports
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION::History and philosophy subjects::History subjects
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Other social sciences::Mass communication
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/8815 (link to this page)

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