Feminism in sport psychology

Authored by: Leslee A. Fisher , Leslie K. Larsen

Routledge International Handbook of Sport Psychology

Print publication date:  February  2016
Online publication date:  February  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138022423
eBook ISBN: 9781315777054
Adobe ISBN: 9781317692324


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What is “feminism” and “feminist theory?” What, if any, is the resistance to using feminism and feminist theory in sport, and, in particular, in the discipline of sport psychology? Which researchers have used feminism and feminist theory to explore sport psychological issues? And, where do we go from here? In this chapter, we first define feminism and feminist theory. Next, we discuss how feminism and feminist theories of sport have been resisted against for the last 150 years. Further, we follow with a description of the ways that feminist theories of sport have been taken up by sport psychology researchers. We conclude with future directions for sport psychology researchers.

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