Gender, media and mixed martial arts in Poland: the case of Joanna Jędrzejczyk

Honorata Jakubowska, Alex Channon, Christopher Matthews

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    Recent growth in the media visibility of female combat sport athletes has offered a compelling site for research on gender and sport media, as women in deeply masculinized sports have been increasingly placed in the public spotlight. While scholars in the Anglophone West have offered analyses of the media framing of this phenomenon, little work has been done outside these cultural contexts. Thus, in this paper we offer a qualitative exploration of how Joanna Jędrzejczyk, a Polish champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has been represented in Polish media. Our findings reveal a relatively de-gendered, widely celebratory account, primarily framed by nationalistic discourse – findings we ascribe to both the particularities of the sport of mixed martial arts as well as the historic nature of Jędrzejczyk’s success.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)410-431
    Number of pages22
    JournalJournal of Sport and Social Issues
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2016


    • Combat Sport
    • MMA
    • Poland
    • Sport Media
    • Women's Sport


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