Higher Goals: Women's Ice Hockey and the Politics of Gender

Higher Goals: Women's Ice Hockey and the Politics of Gender

Paperback Suny Series on Sport, Culture, and Social Relations (Paperback)

By (author) Nancy Theberge

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  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Format: Paperback | 195 pages
  • Dimensions: 149mm x 225mm x 11mm | 289g
  • Publication date: 26 October 2000
  • Publication City/Country: Albany, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0791446425
  • ISBN 13: 9780791446423
  • Sales rank: 1,718,077

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The most extensive treatment to date of women's experiences in team sports, Higher Goals provides an ethnographic account of the "Blades", a Canadian team that plays at the highest levels of women's hockey. With a vivid depiction of life on the Blades, the book follows the team over two seasons, tracing their journey to a national championship. Key issues in the sociology of sport and gender studies are explored, including the construction of community among women athletes; the "feminine apologetic" and pressures on athletes to conform to feminine ideals; homophobia and the experiences of lesbian athletes; physicality and women's experience in contact sports; the contribution of sport to ideologies of gender; the impact of commercialization on women's sport; and the changing relationship between women's and men's sports.

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