Women, Sport, Society: Further Reflections, Reaffirming Mary Wollstonecraft

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-02-03
  • Publisher: Routledge

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During the last four decades women's and gender history have become vibrant fields including studies of attitudes regarding the limited physical and other abilities of females as well as studies of the accomplishments of notable female athletes. We have become increasingly aware that women have made contributions to physical education, dance and sport that go far beyond being teachers, athletes and coaches. They have created and implemented an astonishing variety of programs intended to serve the needs of large numbers of children and youth sometimes organizing student health services, as well as chairing departments of physical education. They have worked as directors of sport, physical education and dance, running playgrounds and recreational facilities and have created and/or served as important officers of a variety of sporting organizations.This book explores the contributions and achievements of women in a variety of historical and geographical contexts which, not surprisingly opens opportunities for additions, revisions and counter-narratives to accepted histories of physical education and sport science. It seeks to broaden our understandings about the backgrounds, motivations and achievements of dedicated women working to improve health and bodily practices in a variety of different arenas and for often different purposes.This book was previously published as a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.

Table of Contents

Series Editors' Forewordp. vii
Historical Perspectives series pagesp. ix
Sport in the Global Society series pagesp. xi
Prologue: Reaffirming Mary Wollstonecraft! Extending the Dialogue on Women, Sport and Physical Activitiesp. 1
From Physical Educators to Mothers of the Dance: Margaret H'Doubler and Martha Hillp. 9
The Physical is Political: Women's Suffrage, Pilgrim Hikes and the Public Spherep. 29
From Alice Milliat to Marie-Thérèse Eyquem: Revisiting Women's Sport in France (1920s-1960s)p. 50
Eliza Maria Mosher: Pioneering Woman Physician and Advocate for Physical Educationp. 69
Recreation and Racial Politics in the Young Women's Christian Association of the United States, 1920s-1950sp. 87
Leading the Way in Science, Medicine and Physical Training: Female Physicians in Academia, 1890-1930p. 115
Empowering Women through Sport: Women's Basketball in Brazil and the Significant Role of Maria Helena Cardosop. 133
Strong, Athletic and Beautiful: Edmondo De Amicis and the Ideal Italian Womanp. 146
Women as Leaders: What Women Have Attained In and Through the Field of Physical Educationp. 166
Epilogue: Retrospectusp. 193
Indexp. 202
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