Anniversary Paper

Sex Roles

, Volume 63, Issue 5, pp 311-323

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Scholarship on Gender and Sport in Sex Roles and Beyond

  • Annelies KnoppersAffiliated withUtrecht School of Governance (USG), University of Utrecht Email author 
  • , Mary McDonaldAffiliated withDepartment of Kinesiology and Health, Western Program for Interdisciplinary Studies, Miami University


In this paper we critically review how research on girls or women and sport has developed over the last 35 years. We use a post-positivist lens to explore the content of the papers published in Sex Roles in the area of women, gender and sport and examine the shifts in how gender and sport have been conceptualized in these accounts. In order to initiate a broader dialogue about the scholarly analysis of gender and sport, we subsequently explore ideas inspired by feminist theorizing that have dominated/guided related research in other outlets over this time period but have received relatively little attention in papers published in Sex Roles. We conclude by briefly making suggestions for further research in this area.


Sport Gender Theory