Mapping Intersectionality and Whiteness

Troubling gender and sexuality in sport studies

Authored by: Mary G. McDonald

Routledge Handbook of Sport, Gender and Sexuality

Print publication date:  February  2014
Online publication date:  March  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415522533
eBook ISBN: 9780203121375
Adobe ISBN: 9781136326967


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Among the many contributions of critical theory is the notion that ‘identity’ is not simply a quality of personal or intergroup differences. Rather, critical theorizing across disciplinary boundaries suggests that identity is concurrently the product of historically specific social relations. Chicana feminist, Chela Sandoval (1991), is suspicious about any approach devoid of contextual and discursive understandings, suggesting instead that ‘identity’ serves as an ideological alibi for the promotion and the production of power. Class, race, gender and sexuality then, are important—not as individual descriptive characteristics—but as ‘primary organizing principles of a society which locates and positions groups within that society’s opportunity structures’ (Baca Zinn and Thornton Dill, 1996: 323). 1

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