• Georgia Cervin
  • Claire Nicolas
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Sport and Politics book series (PASSP)


This chapter introduces the aim and purpose of this book, which is to question the understanding of sport as a man’s world. We argue that focusing on women’s work in sport, notably as leaders, rather than their participation as athletes, allows new characters to come out of the shadows; more women become visible in the history of sport. Justifying the focus on sporting institutions, we discuss how a biographic approach allows scholarship to focus on individual actors within these organizations. Of course, the call to “find” women in such places raises’ methodological questions that are introduced here and dealt with more thoroughly in the following chapters. The introduction explains the scope and limits of this research, outlines the structure of the collection and draws conclusive links between the various themes and issues in the chapters to follow.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Georgia Cervin
    • 1
  • Claire Nicolas
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia
  2. 2.University of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

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