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Mean girls, homosociality and football: an education on social and power dynamics between girls and women

Sanders, Kellie 2015, Mean girls, homosociality and football: an education on social and power dynamics between girls and women, Gender and education, vol. 27, no. 7, pp. 887-908, doi: 10.1080/09540253.2015.1096921.

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Title Mean girls, homosociality and football: an education on social and power dynamics between girls and women
Author(s) Sanders, Kellie
Journal name Gender and education
Volume number 27
Issue number 7
Start page 887
End page 908
Total pages 22
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-10-29
ISSN 0954-0253
1360-0516
Keyword(s) homosociality
Australian rules football
power dynamics
mean girls
mateship
friendship
Social Sciences
Education & Educational Research
GENDER
FRIENDSHIPS
SEXUALITY
POLITICS
BODIES
BUTLER,JUDITH
RETHINKING
RUGBY
Summary Relationships between girls and women have typically been explored through the lexicon of ‘friendship’ or, where there is a presence of sexual desire, ‘lesbian’. This article suggests the complexity and impact of female (same-sex) sociality, and its relationship to heteronormativity and power dynamics between girls and women runs deeper than the terms ‘friendship’ or ‘lesbian’ give rise to. Exploring social and power dynamics amongst girls and women, this article explores how gender is policed and negotiated within a framework of homosociality. Drawing on empirical research within a women's Australian Rules football team, I explore the complexity of female same-sex bonds, the negotiation of gender embodiment and performance within female homosocial spaces, and the emergence of women's own lexicons in making sense of their relationships with other women in this particular social sphere, further considering how this might be applied to other female homosocial spaces, including same-sex educational and sporting sites.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09540253.2015.1096921
Field of Research 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
1608 Sociology
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Taylor & Francis
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