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Engendered sport: A historical sociological study of doing and undoing gender in sport

Project description

Making and breaking gender in sport

Sports are often divided into ‘male’ and ‘female’ contests, while mixed participation is rare. Moreover, many sports are seen as more appropriate for men than women, and some vice versa. This idea of gender-appropriateness led to women being excluded from weightlifting in the Olympic Games until the year 2000, while men are still barred from practicing Rhythmic Gymnastics. The EU-funded ENGENDEREDsport project will study how international sports federations and participants together create, enforce, and dismantle gender in their sports. Specifically, it will focus on gymnastics, swimming and weightlifting. Through these case studies, it will compare how three sports have been engendered through their international federations’ rules and policies, and how athletes, coaches, officials and governors have experienced gender in their sport. Shedding new light onto the binary gendering of sports as masculine or feminine, the findings will offer new policy recommendations for sports associations.


Net EU contribution
€ 305 778,24
Fakultetsgatan 1
70182 Orebro

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Östra Sverige Östra Mellansverige Örebro län
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00