Palgrave Studies in Sport and Politics

Exercise in the Female Life-Cycle in Britain, 1930-1970

Authors: Macrae, Eilidh

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This book examines how adolescence, menstruation and pregnancy were experienced or ‘managed’ by active women in Britain between 1930 and 1970, and how their athletic life-styles interacted with their working lives, marriage and motherhood. It explores the gendered barriers which have influenced women’s sporting experiences. Women’s lives have always been shaped by the socially and physically constructed life-cycle, and this is all the more apparent when we look at female exercise.  Even self-proclaimed ‘sporty’ women have had to negotiate obstacles at various stages of their lives to try and maintain their athletic identity. So how did women overcome these obstacles to gain access to exercise in a time when the sportswoman was not an image society was wholly comfortable with? Oral history testimony and extensive archival research show how the physically and socially constructed female life-cycle shaped women’s experiences of exercise and sport throughout these decades.

About the authors

Eilidh Macrae is Lecturer in Sport Development at the University of the West of Scotland, UK.  She is a social researcher with interests in community sport, and has published work on nineteenth- and twentieth-century sport and gender history.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Macrae, Eilidh

    Pages 1-38

  • Physical Education Experiences

    Macrae, Eilidh

    Pages 39-80

  • Experiencing Exercise as a Young Woman

    Macrae, Eilidh

    Pages 81-120

  • Pregnancy, Menstruation, and Active Women

    Macrae, Eilidh H. R.

    Pages 121-171

  • Exercise During Marriage and Motherhood

    Macrae, Eilidh H. R.

    Pages 173-211

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Exercise in the Female Life-Cycle in Britain, 1930-1970
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Sport and Politics
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58319-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58319-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58318-5
Series ISSN
2365-998X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 254
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