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ERIC Number: EJ974208
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1357-3322
Promoting Girls' Participation in Sports: Discursive Constructions of Girls in a Sports Initiative
Svender, Jenny; Larsson, Hakan; Redelius, Karin
Sport, Education and Society, v17 n4 p463-478 2012
What does it mean to promote girls' participation in sports and which girls are seen as needing support? In this article we focus a government-financed sports venture and scrutinize the frames governing what is possible to say about girls and their participation in sports. By analyzing project applications from local sport clubs we investigate how the category of girls is discursively constructed in projects designed to promote girls' sports participation. The study employs the Foucauldian concepts of governmentality, power, biopower and normalization. The analyses show that teenage girls in particular are in focus and a number of ideas are presented about what becoming a teenage girl means. We consider the projects as part of governmentality. Framing girls as both "capable" and "at risk" is reasonable in liberal governing, where they become subjects of scrutiny, regulation and productivity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Sweden