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"Their bottoms are the wrong shape”. Female jockeys and the theory of established outsider relations

Velija, Philippa (2010) "Their bottoms are the wrong shape”. Female jockeys and the theory of established outsider relations. Sociology of sport journal, 27 (3). p. 301.

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Abstract

This paper adopts Elias’ theory of established and outsider relations (Elias and Scotson, 1994) to argue that women riders are "outsiders" within the racing figuration. The paper draws on data collected from eight semi-structured inter­views with experienced female jockeys. It is suggested by the authors that female jockeys remain outsiders within the racing figuration in the UK. In particular, female jockeys are largely resigned to their inferior position as their views of male jockeys remain deeply ingrained in stereotypes about gender. The increasing organizational changes that have allowed women to be a part of the Jockey Club, be granted licenses, train and compete alongside males do not appear to have changed attitudes toward female jockeys, who are largely perceived as weaker and less capable than male jockeys.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
School/Department: School of Sport
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/372

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