1994 North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Annual Book Award

An outstanding contribution to feminist analysis of sport from the nineteenth century to the present day. Jennifer Hargreaves views sport as a battle for control of the physical body and an important area for feminist intervention. Placing women at the centre of discussion, no other book is as comprehensive.

chapter |5 pages


chapter 1|19 pages

Theories of sports

The neglect of gender

chapter 2|17 pages

Sports feminism

The Importance of gender

chapter 3|21 pages

Nature and culture

Introducing Victorian and Edwardian sports for women

chapter 4|25 pages

The legitimation of female exercise

The case of physical education

chapter 5|24 pages

Recreative and competitive sports

Expansion and containment

chapter 6|33 pages

The inter-war years

Limitations and possibilities

chapter 7|29 pages

Femininity or 'musculinity'?

Changing images of female sports

chapter 8|35 pages

Gender relations of power

Institutionalized discrimination

chapter 9|26 pages

Olympic women

A struggle for recognition

chapter 10|38 pages

Sports for all women

Problems and progress

chapter 11|17 pages

Into the twenty-first century

Diversity and empowerment