Reflecting on the Use of Feminist Theories in Sport Management Research

  • Annelies Knoppers
  • Fiona McLachlan


Benschop and Verloo (Feminist organization theories: Islands of treasure, 2016) argue that while feminist theories are primarily used in management and organization research when the central focus is on gender, they have applicability beyond social power relations. Similarly, we contend that explicit feminist theorizing is also not common in sport management journals and when feminist theories are used they are rarely employed outside research on diversity/gender. In this chapter we explore how scholarship in sport management employs feminist theorizing. We comment on the use of four strands of feminism ((neo-)liberal, socialist, social-constructionist and poststructural/queer) and offer suggestions as to how a more frequent use of these feminist perspectives could enrich sport management research not only in the study of diversity but also in general theorizing.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Annelies Knoppers
    • 1
  • Fiona McLachlan
    • 2
  1. 1.Utrecht UniversityUtrechtNetherlands
  2. 2.Victoria UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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