An investigation of university sport as a vehicle for gender re-education
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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This study investigates university sport as a vehicle for gender re-education, using the sport of association football to analyse gender relations and attitudes, and how they are displayed, challenged and transformed in the university environment. A mixed method approach was adopted. Sixty questionnaires were self administered using a convenience sample, to three male and two female football teams at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC). Two focus group interviews were then conducted; one with six male players and one with six female players, to elicit deeper information about their questionnaire responses, and to further discuss experiences of gendered relations, attitudes and stereotypes in the setting of university football. The results suggest great potential of university sport in changing gendered attitudes, predominantly through greater exposure to both competent and successful female players. Power struggles between male and female teams at an institutional level can be resolved with equity of funding, recognition and pitch allocation. However the research has identified that where there is competition between male and female teams for limited resources and facilities, the dominant male group can quite readily shift from positive to negative attitudes in order to defend and maintain traditional privileges. The study identifies further research into the use of sport as a vehicle for gender re-education in non-sporting universities and also secondary schools, and also research into other ‘male’ sports within UWIC to compare between different sporting subcultures.
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