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.