Gender and Equestrian Sport

Riding Around the World

Editors: Adelman, Miriam, Knijnik, Jorge (Eds.)

  • 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  
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About this book

This volume brings together studies from various disciplines of the social sciences and humanities ( anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, history and literary theory) that shed light on the equestrian world as a historically gendered and highly dynamic field of contemporary sport and culture.  From high level 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 that  are played out 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) identities/subjectivities as 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  show how   equestrian activities 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. ​

About the authors

Dr. Miriam Adelman is Professor of Sociology at the Universidade Federal do Paraná (Curitiba, Brazil) where she has taught since 1992. Much of her professional career has been devoted to the implementation and development of gender studies at that institution, where she co-founded the “Gender Studies (Research) Nucleus and has worked, together with colleagues, in developing a curriculum in the social sciences and humanities that incorporates a gender lens. She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on themes such as feminist theory and contemporary sociology and gendered bodies and subjectivities, including several articles on women in equestrian sports, a subject which she has been researching for more than 10 years (Cf. ADELMAN, M. “Women who ride: Constructing Identities and Corporealities Equestrian Sports in Brazil”. In: Grenier-Torres, Chrystelle. L’ identité genre au coeur des transformations: Du corps sexué au corps genré. Paris : L’ Harmattan. 2010; ADELMAN, M. e MORAES, F.A. “Breaking their way in: Women Jockeys at the Racetrack in Brazil”. In: SEGAL, Marcia and DEMOS, Vasilikie. Advanced Studies in Gender Research. No. 12 Bingley (UK) Emerald.2008) . In 2009, she published the book, A voz e a escuta: encontros e desencontros entre a teoria feminista e a sociologia contemporânea [The voice and the listener: feminist theory and contemporary sociology] (São Paulo: Editora Blucher) She is co-editor and contributor to a volume on gender and film, Mulheres, homens, olhares e cenas [Women, men, gazes and scenes] (Curitiba: Editora da UFPR, 2011).

Reviews

From the reviews:

“This reader contains a wonderful and very thoughtful selection of original articles. The book is international and interdisciplinary in scope and touches on important contemporary social issues. … The epilogue contains a great outline for a future research agenda on gender, based on the insights of research in equestrian sport. The different topics and perspectives should be of interest to a wide range of scholars. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries.” (G. K. Hearn, Choice, Vol. 51 (5), January, 2014)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction – Women, Men, and Horses: Looking at the Equestrian World Through a “Gender Lens”

    Adelman, Miriam (et al.)

    Pages 1-14

  • From Glamour to Drudgery – Changing Gender Patterns in the Equine Sector: A Comparative Study of Sweden and Great Britain in the Twentieth Century

    Hedenborg, Susanna (et al.)

    Pages 15-36

  • Beyond the Binary: Gender Integration in British Equestrian Sport

    Dashper, Katherine L.

    Pages 37-53

  • Becoming ‘One of the Lads’: Women, Horseracing and Gender in the United Kingdom

    Butler, Deborah

    Pages 55-72

  • Tradition and Transgression: Women Who Ride the Rodeo in Southern Brazil

    Adelman, Miriam (et al.)

    Pages 73-90

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Hardcover $129.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-6823-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover n/a
  • ISBN 978-94-007-9381-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Gender and Equestrian Sport
Book Subtitle
Riding Around the World
Editors
  • Miriam Adelman
  • Jorge Knijnik
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-6824-6
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-6824-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-6823-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9381-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 216
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