Sociology of Gender and Sport

  • Cheryl CookyEmail author
Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)


Despite the seeming affinity between gender in sports contexts and the theoretical and methodological orientations of the field of sociology of gender, research studies of sport have, for the most part, been marginalized. With few exceptions, most edited collections and anthologies on sociology of gender do not include a chapter on sport (Malcolm in Sport and Sociology. Routledge, London, 2012). In this chapter, I offer insights into several factors that explains the marginalization of sport within the field of sociology of gender despite sport’s relevance to gender scholars. Next, I provide a brief overview of key thematic trends in the research relevant to sociology of gender scholars, and offer a discussion and critique of the relevant approaches. I conclude with a few comments regarding future directions in the field of sociology of sport and gender.


Sports Ideology Contested terrain Male domination 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Purdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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