Can Gender Equality Become an Encumbrance?

The case of sport in the Nordic countries

Authored by: Håkan Larsson

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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The development of competitive sport in the Nordic countries – Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden – to a great extent parallels that of the United States and United Kingdom. Frequently, however, the Nordic countries are considered to be forerunners concerning gender-equality issues. This might be true in a way, but the picture is not unambiguous. Does the gender-equality success story really deliver what it promises within a Nordic sports context?

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