Women in Sport Organizations: Historiographical and Epistemological Challenges

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


This chapter uses an intersectional feminist approach to review recent literature in sport history and problematize representations of women within it. We trace how women’s sport has become a separate area of sport history, reflecting the gender segregation of sport itself and exacerbated by a neglect of women in the sport historian’s source material. However, we also offer solutions to aid us in creating a more diverse and comprehensive sport history canon, including oral histories, visual sources, and ethnography, as well as analytical frameworks from a wider range of social sciences. This chapter draws on sociology, anthropology and gender theory to suggest how historians of sport can be better equipped to integrate women’s sport history within sport history.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Florys Castan-Vicente
    • 1
    • 2
  • Claire Nicolas
    • 3
  • Georgia Cervin
    • 4
  1. 1.University of Paris 1 Panthéon SorbonneParisFrance
  2. 2.University of Paris-SudOrsayFrance
  3. 3.University of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  4. 4.The University of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia

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