Histories of Women's Work in Global Sport: A Man's World?, 1st Edition

  • Georgia Cervin
  • Claire Nicolas
  • Published By: Palgrave MacMillan
  • ISBN-10: 3030269094
  • ISBN-13: 9783030269098
  • DDC: 796.069
  • 347 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released January 2021
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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Sport has never been a man's world. As this volume shows, women have served key roles not only as athletes and spectators, but as administrators, workers, decision-makers, and leaders in sporting organizations around the world. Contributors excavate scarce archival material to uncover histories of women's work in sport, from swimming teachers in nineteenth-century England to national sports administrators in twentieth-century Côte d'Ivoire, and many places in between. Their work has been varied, holding roles as teachers, wives, and secretaries in sporting contexts around the world, often with diplomatic functions—including at the 1968 and 1992 Olympic Games. Finally, this collection shows how gender initiatives have developed in sporting institutions in Europe and international sport federations today. This title offers a pioneering study into gender and women's work in global sport; analyses gender relations in the history of sporting organizations around the world; foregrounds women's work in sports administration, governance, and diplomacy; and features a diverse array of international case studies.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Foreword: The Need to Disclose Women’s Biographies.
Réseau d’Études des Relations Internationales Sportives—RERIS Network.
Notes on Contributors.
List of Figures.
List of Tables.
1: Women in Sport Organizations: Historiographical and Epistemological Challenges.
2: Late Nineteenth-Century Swimming Teachers in England.
3: Gender Performances of Sports Organization Leaders: A Comparative (Re)Examination of Alice Milliat’s, Suzanne Lenglen’s and Marie-Thérèse Eyquem’s Trajectories.
4: Ghost Administrators: Re-centring Marisa Bonacossa, Lydia Zanchi and Suzanne Otth Within International Sport Organizations.
5: Unsung Women Federal Leaders Within the Labour Sport Federation in France, from Its Establishment to the Second Post-war Period.
6: A Case Study Comparison of the Presence of Women in Two Olympic Organizing Committees: Mexico 1968 and Barcelona 1992.
7: Having a Place of One’s Own: Doing a Feminist Ethnography of the Swiss Shooting Museum’s Archives.
8: From Handball Courts to Ministries: The Cousins of Côte d’Ivoire.
9: From the Carpet to the Executive Committee: Women Leading Women’s Gymnastics.
10: The Promotion of Women in Sport Within the Council of Europe and the European Sport Conference from the 1960s to the 1990s.
11: Women Within International Sports Federations: Contemporary Challenges.
Afterword: Doing History of Gender and Sport—A Feminist Perspective as a French Sports Historian and Practitioner.