Sisterhood and affective politics: the CaiRollers mobilising change through roller derby in Egypt

Rodriguez Castro, Laura, Pavlidis, Adele, Kennelly, Millicent and Nichols, Erin 2021, Sisterhood and affective politics: the CaiRollers mobilising change through roller derby in Egypt, International journal of cultural studies, pp. 1-20, doi: 10.1177/1367877920987237.

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Title Sisterhood and affective politics: the CaiRollers mobilising change through roller derby in Egypt
Author(s) Rodriguez Castro, LauraORCID iD for Rodriguez Castro, Laura orcid.org/0000-0002-8431-5215
Pavlidis, Adele
Kennelly, Millicent
Nichols, Erin
Journal name International journal of cultural studies
Start page 1
End page 20
Total pages 20
Publisher SAGE Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2021-01-21
ISSN 1367-8779
1460-356X
Keyword(s) affect
feminism
gender politics
Middle Eastern feminisms
risk
roller derby
social media
sport
visual affective discourse analysis
Summary This article narrates the affects and experiences of the CaiRollers, the first and only roller derby team in Egypt. Through visual affective discourse analysis of their Instagram account and interviews with team members, the article addresses the question: What do physical practices such as roller derby ‘do’ in e/affecting and mobilising change? In conversation with feminisms from the Middle East, our analysis highlights how the team’s ‘sisterhood’ is a site of affective politics that transcends the roller derby track. At the same time, a desire to be tough and to embrace risk permeated the CaiRollers discourses. Yet, while the team has established its legitimacy within the transnational roller derby community, we narrate the obstacles they face in Egypt. In sum, we found that the CaiRollers involvement in roller derby was entangled in mobilising change in political movements, gender politics, transnational mobilities and questions of legitimacy and sport.
Notes In-press
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1367877920987237
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
20 Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30149281

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