Explores women's place in sport and exercise from a socioculture perspective.
Informed by feminism and the fields of anthropology and sociology of sport, this anthology investigates women's place in sport and exercise from a sociocultural perspective, documenting women's struggle into the sports arenas of male hegemony. The nine ethnographic case studies explore issues of identity, embodiment, and meaning in various sports and exercise, including triathlons, aerobics, basketball, bodybuilding, weightlifting, motorcycle riding, softball, casual exercise, and rugby.
Anne Bolin, Professor of Anthropology at Elon University, competes in amateur women's bodybuilding. Jane Granskog is Professor of Anthropology at California State University at Bakersfield and an elite Master's (over age forty) triathlete.