A GENDERED ANALYSIS OF THE MEN’S AND WOMEN’S WORLD CUP COMMENTARY: THE CONTINUATION OF MEN’S DOMINANCE IN THE FOOTBALLING WORLD

Sullivan, Bethan (2019) A GENDERED ANALYSIS OF THE MEN’S AND WOMEN’S WORLD CUP COMMENTARY: THE CONTINUATION OF MEN’S DOMINANCE IN THE FOOTBALLING WORLD. MRes thesis, University of Lincoln.

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A GENDERED ANALYSIS OF THE MEN’S AND WOMEN’S WORLD CUP COMMENTARY: THE CONTINUATION OF MEN’S DOMINANCE IN THE FOOTBALLING WORLD
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This study focused on the Men’s and Women’s World Cup looking into how gender is constructed within the commentary from the 2014 & 2015 tournaments. Football was used because football had been examined in a number of different ways, such as participation rates or newspaper coverage, but commentary hadn’t been analysed in this way before. Using a combination of commentary and match reports, the narratives of the commentary was analysed to find out if there were any stylistic techniques that differed between the two sets of commentary.
These tournaments were used because of their proximity to each other and only at the group stages to keep as much continuity between the two sets of commentary as possible. A Foucauldian Discourse analysis was used to examine the World Cup match commentary because of its focus on the ideological content of language. This study found that there were notable differences in the narratives between the men’s and women’s matches.
The results showed that the historical impact of the men’s game related to it being the
nation’s favourite sport. Men also build the image of a nation in relation to football as a symbol of England, with women taking a secondary place in football. The structure of the women’s match commentary led them to be overtly feminized, the narratives in the women’s games exaggerated stereotypical feminine qualities, such as reference to family and personal stories. These findings demonstrated a need for change in the way men’s and women’s match commentary is structured and delivered. There has already been a staggering change in the growth and perception of the women’s game, but for the two to be considered equal, there
are still hurdles that need to be overcome.

Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:37747
Deposited On:09 Oct 2019 13:31

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