‘Ladies present!’: an auto/ethnographic study of women amateur golfers at an English provincial golf club

Mitchell, Stacey and Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn and Evans, Adam (2016) ‘Ladies present!’: an auto/ethnographic study of women amateur golfers at an English provincial golf club. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise & Health, 8 (3). pp. 273-286. ISSN 2159-676X

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Abstract

Despite high general participation rates in golf in England and a raft of initiatives to encourage more women and younger players into golf, fewer than one in five amateur golfers in England is female and there is a real dearth of young women entering the sport. Sexist policies and practices have been posited as possible barriers to women’s and girls’ grass-roots participation in golf, but to date little qualitative research has been undertaken on the lived experiences of recreational women players themselves. To address this considerable gap, an 18-month ethnographic and autoethnographic research project was undertaken within a case study club in the English East Midlands. Drawing on data from in-depth interviews with thirteen amateur women-players, ethnographic observations, detailed autoethnographic field notes and video auto-reflections, this article explores some of the key themes that emerged from the research, utilising primarily Foucauldian-feminist theoretical perspectives to frame the qualitative findings. The two key themes selected for analysis here are: 1) women’s lived experience of corporeal surveillance in golfing contexts; and: 2) discursive othering and objectification of women in golf.
Keywords: women’s golf; ethnography; autoethnography; Foucault; surveillance

Keywords:Sociology, Golf, women's golf, Ethnography, Autoethnography, Foucault, Surveillance, bmjconvert
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:19968
Deposited On:10 Jan 2016 20:55

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