Women, Sport and Exercise in the Asia-Pacific Region : Domination, Resistance, Accommodation
(Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society ; : 104)
Molnar, Gyozo (EDT)
Amin, Sara N. (EDT)
Kanemasu, Yoko (EDT)
255 p. 24 cm
Presenting a diverse range of empirical case studies, from women's boxing in India and women’s rugby in Fiji to women's soccer in North Korea and Japan, the book uses sport as a lens to examine the historical, socio-cultural and political specificities of non-western and post-colonial societies.
Although socio-cultural issues in relation to women within the fields of sport and exercise have been extensively researched, this research has tended to concentrate on the Western world. Women, Sport and Exercise in the Asia-Pacific Region moves the conversation away entirely from Western contexts to discuss these issues with a sole focus on the geographic Asia-Pacific region. Presenting a diverse range of empirical case studies, from bodybuilding in Kazakhstan and Thailand, karate in Afghanistan, and women's rugby in Fiji to women's soccer in North Korea and netball in Papua New Guinea, the book demonstrates how sports may be used as a lens to examine the historical, socio-cultural and political specificities of non-Western and post-colonial societies. It also explores the complex ways in which non-Western women resist as well as accommodate sport and exercise-related sociocultural oppression, helping us to better understand the nexus of sport, exercise, gender, sexuality and power in the Asia-Pacific area. This is a fascinating and important resource for students of sports studies, sports management, sport development, social sciences and gender studies, as well as an excellent read for academics and researchers with an interest in sport, exercise, gender and post-colonial studies.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction: Rest and the West - present absence of non-Western research Gyozo Molnar, Sara N. Amin and Yoko Kanemasu Part I Nation-building and Nationalism 2 Women, Sport and Gender Politics in Taiwan Ying Chiang and Alan Bairner 3 The politics of female football in North Korea: socialism, nationalism, and propaganda Jung Woo Lee 4 Resurgence of ethnic sports in post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan: Still hunting for women Elena Kim and Elena Molchanova 5 Her 'Soldiering' On: Female Athletes in Combat Sports Negotiating Thailand's Gender Politics Sukritaya Jukping Part II Sport, Physical Activity and Empowerment 6 "The right way for me to do things for me": Experiences of some Afghan women in entering and practicing karate Sara N. Amin 7 Going It Alone and Strong: Athletic Indo-Fijian Women and Everyday Resistance Yoko Kanemasu 8 Girls and Sports in Samoa: Culture, Policy and Practice in Urban and Rural Communities Suzie Schuster and Penelope Schoeffel 9 Discursive Construction of Athletic Nutrition in Bodybuilding: from Ideology to Pharmacology of the Female body in Kazakhstan Zhanar Sekerbayeva Part III Challenges, Change and Development 10 Fiji's Women Rugby Players: Finding Motivation in a 'Hostile' Environment Yoko Kanemasu, James Johnson and Gyozo Molnar 11 Improving water, sanitation and hygiene facilities and women's participation in netball in Papua New Guinea Lua Rikis, Leentje Be'Soer, Joanna Lamb, Emily Ryan and Stephanie Franet 12 Women's Sports in Japan: Enters a Period of Change Osamu Takamine 13 Women and sports in the Solomon Islands Jeremy Dorovolomo, Billy Fito'o, Jack Maebuta, Patrick Miniti and Gordon Nanau 14 Increasing mobility and visibility of women and adolescent girls through a sport- based gender intervention in low-income communities in Mumbai Madhumita Das, Shweta Bankar and Ravi Verma Part IV Transnationality and Globalisation 15 Reconstructing body and mind: Narratives of health and wellbeing in self-help books from global East Asia Daniel Nehring 16 Forging a new research imagination regarding Chinese girls' physical activity Bonnie Pang