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We have to make horseriding more masculine!: On the difference between mascuine needs and feminine practices in the context of Swedish equestrian sports
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.
2013 (English)In: Gender and Equestrian Sport: Riding around the world / [ed] Adelman, Miriam & Jorge Knijnik, Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 2013, 149-164 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This volume brings together studies from various disciplines of the social sciences and humanities ( anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, history and literary theory) that shed light on the equestrian world as a historically gendered and highly dynamic field of contemporary sport and culture.  From high level international dressage and jumping, polo and the turf, to the rodeo world of the Americas and popular forms of equestrian sport and culture, we are introduced to a range of  issues that  are played out at local and global, national and international levels. Students and scholars of gender, culture and sport  will find much of interest in this original look at contemporary issues such as "engendered" (women's and men's) identities/subjectivities as equestrians, representations of girls, horses and the world of adventure in juvenile fiction;  the current "feminization" of particular equestrian activities (and where boys and men stand in relation to this);  how broad forms of social inequality and stratification play themselves out within gendered equestrian contexts; men and women and their relation to horses within the framework of current discussions on the relation of animals to humans (which may  include not only love and care, but also exploitation and violence), among others.  Singular contributions  show how equestrian activities contribute to historical and current constructions of embodied "femininities" and "masculinities", reflecting a world that has been moving "beyond the binaries" while continuing to be enmeshed in their persistent and contradictory legacy.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 2013. 149-164 p.
Keyword [en]
Women in horse sports, Sex role, gender analysis, women, men, saddle horses, racehorses, sport, cultural values, case studies
Keyword [fi]
hevosurheilu -- naiset, sukupuoliroolit, gender analysis
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-95879ISBN: 978-9-4007-6823-9OAI: diva2:639031
Available from: 2013-08-05 Created: 2013-08-05 Last updated: 2014-11-11Bibliographically approved

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