The power of "small stories:" Narratives and notions of gender equality in conversations about sport

Marie Hardin, Erin Elizabeth Whiteside

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Abstract

This study examines narratives by young adults about sport and gender in relation to equality. Specifically, we explore how focus-group participants used small stories to situate male and female athletes and Title IX. The U.S. law has been credited for increasing opportunities for girls and women but is considered a source of tension for gender relations. Our findings suggest that participants' stories ultimately did not support emancipatory goals for girls and women because they positioned equality as a right women had not earned. We argue that feminists cannot underestimate the need to inject counternarratives into public discourse at every level, including stories shared with children about sport. These narratives must address misconceptions about equality and gender equity and, ultimately, challenge gender ideology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-276
Number of pages22
JournalSociology of Sport Journal
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2009

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Sociology and Political Science

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