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New Femininities in Digital, Physical and Sporting Cultures
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New Sporting Femininities

Embodied Politics in Postfeminist Times

Editors: Toffoletti, Kim, Thorpe, Holly, Francombe-Webb, Jessica (Eds.)

  • Examines the emergence of new femininities in sport and physical culture
  • Provides new theoretical and conceptual approaches for understanding the female body and how it is experienced
  • Reveals strategies used by women in sport to make sense of postfeminist discourse in relation to their own bodies
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About this book

This edited collection critically explores new and emerging models of female athleticism in an era characterised as postfeminist. It approaches postfeminism through a critical lens to investigate new forms of politics being practised by women in physical activity, sport and online spaces at the intersections of gender, ethnicity, sexuality and ability.

New Sporting Femininities features chapters on celebrity athletes such as Serena Williams and Ronda Rousey, alongside studies of the online fitspo movement and women’s growing participation in activities like roller derby, skateboarding and football. In doing so, it highlights key issues and concerns facing diverse groups of women in a rapidly changing gender-sport landscape. This collection sheds new light on the complex and often contradictory ways that women’s athletic participation is promoted, experienced and embodied in the context of postfeminism, commodity feminism and emerging forms of popular feminism.

About the authors

Kim Toffoletti is Associate Professor of Sociology at Deakin University, Australia. She specialises in the study of women’s sporting experiences and representations, using transnational feminist and critical postfeminist perspectives.

Holly Thorpe is Associate Professor of Sport and Physical Culture at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. Her recent publications include Women in Action Sport Cultures (Palgrave, 2016) and Transnational Mobilities in Action Sport Cultures (Palgrave, 2014).

Jessica Francombe-Webb is Lecturer in Sport and Physical Culture at the University of Bath, UK. Her research draws from the discipline of feminist physical cultural studies in order to explore the contested politics of the (in)active body in relation to health, physical activity, body size, and appearance.

Reviews

“The field of sport studies has been waiting for this book. This collection offers a new critical vocabulary and a crucial sense of scale, scope and timeliness—from Serena Williams to roller skating to UFC fighting to digital representations and beyond--and is an indispensable guide to the constantly changing and often contradictory field of gendered sports studies.” (Professor Sarah Banet-Weiser, University of Southern California, USA)

“New Sporting Femininities helps us to understand the multiple, complex and contradictory discourses that circulate around women’s bodies in sport. It also makes an important contribution to the growing literature about the relationship between postfeminism and new feminist activisms. A brilliant read, with lots of up to date case studies, it marks a key intervention in feminist studies of sport.” (Professor Rosalind Gill, City, University of London, UK)

“A timely and valuable addition to the work in sport feminism, this important collection highlights how post-feminism operates through diverse sport media platforms and as an effect permeates sport women’s lived experiences. Bringing together a group of bright international scholars, it critically outlines how feminism has been appropriated within contemporary neoliberal consumerism in various sporting contexts. It is essential reading for any scholar interested in the popular physical culture, gender, and the media.” (Professor Pirkko Markula, University of Alberta, Canada)

“This engaging, inspiring, and wide-ranging collection makes an invaluable contribution to scholarly analyses of femininities, postfeminism, and neoliberalism by exploring questions of gender, embodiment, and subjectivity in the fields of sport and physical culture. Geographically, the book engages with a range of spatial contexts; conceptually, several chapters set out to explore the complex interplay of gender with other axes of difference; and thematically, the collection engages with a range of phenomena in the physical and virtual worlds of sport and movement culture.” (Dr Christina Scharff, Kings College London, UK)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • Femininities, Sport and Physical Culture in Postfeminist, Neoliberal Times

    Toffoletti, Kim (et al.)

    Pages 1-19

  • What’s New About Sporting Femininities? Female Athletes and the Sport-Media Industrial Complex

    Cooky, Cheryl

    Pages 23-41

  • Don’t Be a Do-Nothing-Bitch: Popular Feminism and Women’s Physical Empowerment in the UFC

    McClearen, Jennifer

    Pages 43-62

  • The Performance of Blackness and Femininity in Postfeminist Times: Visualising Serena Williams Within the Context of Corporate Globalisation

    Tredway, Kristi

    Pages 63-85

  • Postfeminist Paradoxes and Cultural Difference: Unpacking Media Representations of American Muslim Sportswomen Ibtihaj and Dalilah Muhammad

    Samie, Sumaya F. (et al.)

    Pages 87-109

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-72481-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-72480-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
New Sporting Femininities
Book Subtitle
Embodied Politics in Postfeminist Times
Editors
  • Kim Toffoletti
  • Holly Thorpe
  • Jessica Francombe-Webb
Series Title
New Femininities in Digital, Physical and Sporting Cultures
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-72481-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-72481-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-72480-5
Series ISSN
2522-0330
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVII, 334
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour
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