Dilemmas of gender and global sports governance: An invitation to Southern Theory

Kathryn Henne*, Madeleine Laura Pape

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Abstract

Most research on global sports policy either negates or underappreciate perspectives from the Global South. This article incorporates Southern Theory to examine how Northern worldviews profoundly shape gender-specific sports policy. It highlights two dilemmas that emerge, using illustrative case studies. First, it considers questions of gender and regulation, as evidenced in the gender verification regimes of track-and-field. Then, it addresses the limits of gender and empowerment in relation to sport for development and peace initiatives' engagement with the diverse experiences and perspectives in non-Western contexts, considering them in relation to programming for women in Pacific Island countries. The article concludes with a reflection on possible contributions of Southern theory to sport sociological scholarship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)216-225
Number of pages10
JournalSociology of Sport Journal
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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