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‘Nice girls don't play cricket’: the theory of established and outsider relations and perceptions of sexuality and class amongst female cricketers

Velija, Philippa (2011) ‘Nice girls don't play cricket’: the theory of established and outsider relations and perceptions of sexuality and class amongst female cricketers. Sport in Society, 14 (1). pp. 81-96.

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to explore divisions between female cricketers in the UK utilizing Elias and Scotson's theory of established and outsider relations.1

This paper begins by discussing the adoption of the theory of established and outsider relations within sport to a variety of established and outsider figurations, particularly those focusing on gender relations in sport. The focus of the paper is on an outsider group, female cricketers, and seeks to explore divisions between these cricketers as a characteristic of being an outsider group within the context of an established outsider figuration. The paper draws on ethnographic data from an U15 girl's county cricket team and semi-structured interviews with 31 female cricketers. The data presented identifies that power relations exist between female cricketers, specifically in relation to their perceptions of sexuality and class in cricket. The article concludes by suggesting ways in which the theory of established and outsider relations could be developed to explore the divisions of power between outsider groups.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/17430437.2011.530012
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
School/Department: School of Sport
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/507

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