This chapter utilizes a feminist lens to review the academic literaturewithin the new and growing ‘‘Sport for Development and Peace'' (SDP)movement. It explores the ways in which issues pertaining to gender andsocial change are taken up by SDP programmes and initiatives to arguethat the movement seemingly understands gender in one of two ways. Theliterature reveals that SDP programming seeks to either allow for girls'sporting access in mixed-gender settings or aspires to ‘‘empower'' femalesin girls-only conexts. I suggest that the SDP movement's understanding ofgender reflects the current historical moment with respect to contrastingthird-wave and post-feminist sensibilities. In both instances, girls are positioned to have gendered identities/experiences that need to be assisted,altered, or enhanced, and thus the SDP movement obscures anunderstanding of gender as a relational identity. I contend that increased1research and attention to the possibilities of re-imagining genderrelationships within the sporting context will enhance the SDP movement.
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