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`I hope she doesn't get hurt': Empathetic Exclusion of Annika Sorenstam by Australian Sports Journalists and PGA Golfers

Burke, Michael and Hallinan, Christopher J (2006) `I hope she doesn't get hurt': Empathetic Exclusion of Annika Sorenstam by Australian Sports Journalists and PGA Golfers. In: Sociology for a mobile world : TASA 2006 : annual conference of The Australian Sociological Association, University of Western Australia & Murdoch University, 4-7 December 2006. The Sociological Association of Australia, Hawthorn, Victoria.

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Abstract

In this article, we analyse the Australian print media coverage of Annika Sorenstam’s participation in the [male] Professional Golf Association Colonial tournament in May 2003. This event would provide a snapshot of the degree of overlap between the most dominant female golfer in the world at the time, and the male professionals of the PGA. How would golf journalists in Australia frame the coverage of Sorenstam- as a competition between golfers or as a novelty act? What we found was that a close alliance was formed between some golf journalists and some male professional golfers that enunciated stereotypical descriptions of female psychological frailty and male responsibilities for breadwinning, and so framed the event as a novelty that should not be repeated.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 1740521390
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID10340 Professional Golf Association, PGA, gender segregation in sport, cultural discourse, women athletes
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Ageing, Rehabilitation, Exercise & Sport Science (CARES)
FOR Classification > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society
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Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2014 06:02
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2014 06:02
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/5840
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