In the name of Allah the Merciful

Motherhood and Sport: Collective Stories of Identity and Difference

Qualitative Research in Sport and Physical Activity, Lucy Spowart, Kerry R. McGannon, 0367691825, 978-0367691820, 9780367691820, 978-0367691868, 9780367691868, 978-1003140757, 9781003140757, B0B43WNQCQ

English | 2023 | PDF | 7 MB | 227 Pages

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Although  sport participation decreases on average for women once they become  mothers, female athletes from the recreational, to the competitive, to  the elite level have demonstrated that motherhood does not signal the  end of sport engagement and athletic identities, or career and  leadership roles. This is the first book to offer an in-depth  examination of the nexus of women, sport and culture within the context  of motherhood, uncovering new narratives that raise the profile of  non-conformist performances.

The book brings together  international researchers using innovative and rigorous qualitative  methods to show how sport affords or constrains women’s agency to  devise, negotiate and live alternative versions of motherhood in and  through sport. Presenting stories of sporting mothers in contexts  including martial arts, leisure swimming, recreational running,  triathlon and climbing, the book explores the shifting meaning and  practices of motherhood across social, cultural and media/digital  landscapes.

Deliberately challenging  taken-for-granted ways of thinking about motherhood and sport, this book  is fascinating reading for anybody with an interest in the  socio-cultural study of sport, gender and sport, women’s studies, sport  coaching, sport leadership, sport development, or qualitative and  digital research methods.