Taking sex off the sidelines: challenging heteronormativity within ‘sport in development' research

Alison Carney, Megan Chawansky

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Abstract

The majority of ‘Sport in Development' (SiD) research imparts a heteronormative framework that serves to prevent nuanced understandings of how sexuality and gender matter in programming that aspires to achieve development through/with sport. The authors review existing SiD academic literature and draw on personal work and research experiences within the SiD field to evidence this claim. Three reasons for this heteronormative frame are identified: (1) limited engagement with themes of sexuality within research on international development; (2) few examinations of queer desire and sport in areas of the Global South; and (3) the emphasis on quantitative monitoring and evaluation tools within SiD programming. The authors conclude by offering suggestions on how to challenge the existing heteronormative framework within SiD research.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Review for the Sociology of Sport
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Publication statusPublished - 11 Feb 2014

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