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Title: Reconsidering feminisms and the work of Norbert Elias for understanding gender, sport and sport-related activities
Authors: Mansfield, L
Keywords: Femininities;Feminisms;Figurational/process-sociology;Gender;Sport
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Sage Publications
Citation: European Physical Education Review, 14(1), 93 - 121, 2008
Abstract: This paper reconsiders the relationships between feminist perspectives and the figurational/process-sociological perspective of Norbert Elias for understanding gender, sport and sport-related activities. The main aim of the article is to respond to Colwell's claim that there are differences between feminist and figurational approaches to understanding and explaining gender that potentially negate the possibility of being a feminist and figurational sociologist at the same time. The paper makes a contribution to the wider discussions about the adequacy of Elias's work in understanding gender and sport, and the potential of blending feminist and figurational perspectives on sport and gender. It introduces the principles underlying feminist and figurational approaches to sociology. The key features of the ongoing debate about the differences between feminist and figurational approaches are briefly outlined. I reply to Colwell's criticisms of my work and revisit issues surrounding the role of values and evaluation in sociology. Involved-detachment is introduced as a feminist interpretation of Elias's theory of ever changing balances of involvement-detachment. The final part of the paper presents some reflections about working with involved-detachment in specific research on women's involvement in sport-related fitness activities.
Description: This is the author's accepted manuscript. The final published article is available from the link below. Copyright @ 2008 North West Counties Physical Education Association and SAGE Publications.
ISSN: 1356-336X
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Dept of Life Sciences Research Papers

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