'Ladies present!’: An auto/ethnographic study of the perceptions and lived-embodied experiences of women amateur golfers

Evans, Adam and Mitchell, Stacey and Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn (2016) 'Ladies present!’: An auto/ethnographic study of the perceptions and lived-embodied experiences of women amateur golfers. In: 13th European Association for Sociology of Sport Conference, 4 - 7 May 2016, Copenhagen.

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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.

Additional Information:Sport in the City – Mobility, Urbanity and Social Change
Keywords:Sociology, Foucault, Golf, women's golf, Ethnography, Autoethnography
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:23728
Deposited On:14 Aug 2016 12:02

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