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Fulfills a longstanding need for academic reflection on a unique arena of sporting culture
Provides fresh insight into the world of gender and sport
Enables new assessments of the problems and potential for gender equality in sporting culture
This volume brings together studies from various disciplines of the social sciences and humanities (Anthropology, Sociology, Cultural Studies, History and Literary theory) that examine the equestrian world as a historically gendered and highly dynamic field of contemporary sport and culture. From elite international dressage and jumping, polo and the turf, to the rodeo world of the Americas and popular forms of equestrian sport and culture, we are introduced to a range of issues as they unfold at local and global, national and international levels. Students and scholars of gender, culture and sport will find much of interest in this original look at contemporary issues such as “engendered” (women’s and men’s) dentities/subjectivities of equestrians, representations of girls, horses and the world of adventure in juvenile fiction; the current “feminization” of particular equestrian activities (and where boys and men stand in relation to this); how broad forms of social inequality and stratification play themselves out within gendered equestrian contexts; men and women and their relation to horses within the framework of current discussions on the relation of animals to humans (which may include not only love and care, but also exploitation and violence), among others. Singular contributions that incorporate a wide variety of classic and contemporary theoretical perspectives and empirical methodologies show how horse cultures around the globe contribute to historical and current constructions of embodied “femininities” and “masculinities”, reflecting a world that has been moving “beyond the binaries” while continuing to be enmeshed in their persistent and contradictory legacy. The final chapter makes a brave attempt at synthesizing individual chapters and moving forward from the evidences they provide, to suggest a compelling agenda for future research.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »British Equestrian Sport - Canadian Show Jumping - Cojones and Rejones - Comparative Analysis - Equestrian World through a Gender Lens - Equestrianism during the 20th Century - Fluid Masculinities on Brazilian Dressage - Gender Studies and Equestrian Sport - Horseracing and Gender in the United Kingdom - Juvenile Equine Fiction for Girls - Men and Horse Riding - Spanish Mounted Bullfight - Sport and Culture - Swedish Equestrian Sports - Women Riding Rodeo in Southern Brazil - Women in Equestrian Polo
Acknowledgments.- Chapter 1. Introduction. Women, Men and Horses: Looking at the Equestrian World through a “Gender Lens”; Miriam Adelman and Jorge Knijnik.- Chapter 2. Flom Glamour to Drudgery - Changing Gender Patterns in the Equine Sector: A Comparative Study of Sweden and Great Britain in the 20th Century: Susanna Hedenborg and Manon Hedenborg White.- Chapter 3. Beyond the Binary: Gmende Integration in British Equestrian Sport; Katherine L. Dashper.- Chapter 4. Becoming ‘One of the Lads’: Women, Horseracing and Gender in the United Kingdom; Deborah Butler.- Chapter 5. Tradition and Transgression: Women Who Ride the Rodeo in Southern Brazil; Miriam Adelman and Gabriela Becker.-Chapter 6. Romancing the Horse: Adventure and Femininity in Juvenile Equine Fiction for Girls; Ellen Singleton.- Chapter 7. Women in Equestrian Polo: Cultural Capital and Sport Trajectories; Michelle Gilbert and James Gillett.- Chapter 8. Cojones and Rejones: Multiple Ways of Experiencing, Expressing and Interpreting Gender in the Spanish Mounted Bullfight (rejoneo); Kirrily Thompson.- Chapter 9. We Have to Make Horse Riding More Masculine!: On the Difference between Masculine Needs and Feminine practices in the Context of Swedish Equestrian Sports; Birgitta Plymoth.- Chapter 10. Horse Power: Gender, Work and Wealth in Canadian Show Jumping; Kendra Coulter.- Chapter 11. The Black, the White, the Green: Fluid Masculinities in Brazilian Dressage; Jorge Knijnik.- Chapter 12. Epilogue. A Research Agenda for Putting Gender Through its Paces; Miriam Adelman and Kirrily Thompson.