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“It’s not what’s intended, but it’s what happens”: young women’s participation in Sport for Development and Peace in Colombia and the complexity of gender relations

Oxford, Sarah (2018) “It’s not what’s intended, but it’s what happens”: young women’s participation in Sport for Development and Peace in Colombia and the complexity of gender relations. PhD thesis, Victoria University.

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Abstract

For women in Colombia playing sports was taboo for years. However, through Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) organizations, new spaces for female participation have emerged in recent decades. My research questions how girls and young women’s participation in a Colombian SDP organization shapes and constrains gender relations. This research includes six months of ethnographic fieldwork. Sixty interviews and many observations of participant's engagement were conducted in two distinct, low socio-economic neighborhoods where the SDP organization operates. My findings show female SDP participants are challenging gender roles in Colombia. The challenges were done in subtle and sometimes more overt ways with varying degrees of success; often rife with tensions and contradictions. Drawing from a decolonial feminist perspective and using an intersectional/entangled approach, this thesis explores the processes and mechanisms – gendered socialization, accessing alternative femininity, a constrained social bubble – that delimit girls and young women’s participation and perhaps invalidate steps toward social transformation. I argue that although more girls and young women are participating in masculine labeled pursuits, there are critical limitations to social change and female participants demonstrate the coloniality of gender in action. This research offers an in-depth focus on some of the complex and contradictory workings of gender within a sporting context, in Colombia. It also broadly raises some pressing concerns for scholars of gender and sport. Specifically, it calls for more researchers to apply a decolonial approach and for the SDP industry to be decolonized.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD thesis)
Uncontrolled Keywords: sports; gender; gender roles; Colombians; girls; women; decolonial feminism; femininity; social change; sport sociology
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
FOR Classification > 2002 Cultural Studies
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Sports and Exercise Science
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2019 00:24
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2019 00:24
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/37843
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