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ERIC Number: EJ800352
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 101
ISSN: ISSN-0033-6297
Explaining the Under-Representation of Women in Leadership Positions of Sport Organizations: A Symbolic Interactionist Perspective
Sartore, Melanie L.; Cunningham, George B.
Quest, v59 n2 p244-265 May 2007
Research suggests that females are vastly under-represented in the upper echelons of sport organizations. As such, the purpose of the current article was to apply a symbolic interactionist perspective to the lacking presence of women in leadership positions of sport organizations. The model proposes that gender-role meanings and stereotypes associated with social and sport ideology may function to limit the capacity of females within the sport context. Specifically, in response to the lower levels of societal power and status afforded to women, females within sport organizations may fail to view themselves as adequate and appropriate leaders and/or coaches thus preventing them from acting as such (i.e., self-limiting behavior). Identity theory and the identity control process are applied to support the linking of these macro and micro processes, respectively. The proposed model also suggests the presence of a moderator; one's self-concept, that may provide a protective mechanism to the potential detrimental affects of ideological meanings, identity formation, and subsequent self-limiting behaviors. Additionally, suggestions for future research are offered. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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