Feminist Ethnographies in Sport and Leisure

  • Becky Beal


This chapter intends to provide the reader with an orientation to feminist ethnographies in sport and leisure by highlighting key similarities and some significant differences in the more current theoretical strands. Although ethnographies share similar techniques for gathering information such as interviews, observations and document analysis, this is not a chapter that discusses these types of practices. Instead, the focus is on the theoretical underpinnings that shape different feminist ethnographies. Researchers who claim a feminist perspective not only focus on gender relations, but also intend to challenge power dynamics to expand women’s choices and enhance their well-being. Thus, this chapter focuses on the different ontological assumptions these theories espouse about power, the self and social change. These different theoretical assumptions impact the nature of questions asked, how information is assessed and used to make knowledge claims, and strategies for social change.


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  • Becky Beal
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  1. 1.California State University, East BayHaywardUSA

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