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Kelly H: “Growing up in a North-East town in the 1990s, conveniently located between Newcastle and Sunderland, football was a prominent part of my childhood. There were many arguments about which team was better – Newcastle or Sunderland (Newcastle, obviously!) But one thing was for certain – football was for the lads. This view was perpetuated by the teachers, our parents and of course, the media. There was one girl in my class who was an amazing footballer and the boys accepted her as an equal – until secondary school when she was no longer allowed to play with them due to health and safety.
Fast forward to 2019 and there is a buzz about women’s football that I couldn’t have imagined as a child. Women are being recognised for their sporting achievements. It was great to see research by Kate Petty and Stacey Pope from the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences identified this trend through research in their 2015 article: ‘A new age for media coverage of women’s sport? An analysis of English media coverage of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup’ which was published the journal Sociology. Petty and Pope examined ‘English print media coverage of the England national women’s football (soccer) team during the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup’ (2015, p.1). They found that the press coverage demonstrated a ‘positive shift’ in the representation of women’s football and this signals ‘a hopeful new direction’. It will be interesting to see whether this trend continues during the current Women’s World Cup!
What is really impressive about this piece of work is not only how readable and accessible it is, but also that it was submitted as an undergraduate dissertation. This is an incredible achievement and demonstrates the kind of support that students can get at Durham.”
Read the article online: http://dro.dur.ac.uk/25903/
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Also free to access from Durham Research Online:
- Norman, L., & Rankin-Wright, A. (2018). Surviving rather than thriving : understanding the experiences of women coaches using a theory of gendered social well-being. International review for the sociology of sport. 53 (4). pp. 424-450. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1012690216660283 Free access: http://dro.dur.ac.uk/26003/
- Norman, L., Rankin-Wright, A. J., & Allison, W. (2018). “It’s a concrete ceiling; it’s not even glass” : understanding tenets of organizational culture that supports the progression of women as coaches and coach developers. Journal of sport and social issues. 42 (5). pp. 393-414. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0193723518790086 / Free access: http://dro.dur.ac.uk/26004/
- Petty, K., & Pope, S. (2018). A new age for media coverage of women’s sport? An analysis of English media coverage of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Sociology. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038518797505 (available open access, CC BY licence) / Durham Research Online: http://dro.dur.ac.uk/25903/
- Pope, S. (2014). ‘There are some daft people out there!’ : exploring female sport and media fandoms. Sport in society. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17430437.2013.828708/ Free access: http://dro.dur.ac.uk/12009/
- Pope, S., & Kirk, D. (2014). The role of physical education and other formative experiences of three generations of female football fans. Sport, education and society. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13573322.2011.646982/ Free access: http://dro.dur.ac.uk/13823/
- Rankin-Wright, A. J., Hylton, K., & Norman, L. (2017). Negotiating the coaching landscape : experiences of Black men and women coaches in the United Kingdom. International review for the sociology of sport. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1012690217724879/ Free access: http://dro.dur.ac.uk/26002/
- Rankin-Wright, A. J., & Norman, L. (2017). ‘Sports coaching and the inclusion of Black women in the United Kingdom’. In A. Ratna & S. F. Samie (Eds.): .): Race, gender and sport : the politics of ethnic “other” girls and women Routledge. Available via Library Catalogue at: http://library.dur.ac.uk/record=b2952922~S1 / Free access: http://dro.dur.ac.uk/26005/
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