Sport, Gender and Power: The rise of roller derby

Adele Pavlidis, Simone Fullagar

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11 Citations (SciVal)


As a new breed of lifestyle sport enthusiasts 'derby grrrls' are pushing the boundaries of gender as they negotiate the nexus of pleasure, pain and power relations. Offering a socio-cultural analysis of the rise and reinvention of roller derby as both a new, globalized women's sport and an everyday creative leisure space, this book explores the manner in which roller derby has emerged as a gendered space for self-transformation, belonging and embodied contest, in which women are invited to experience their emotions differently, embrace pain and overcome limits. Sport, Gender and Power: The Rise of Roller Derby presents detailed interview, ethnographic and autoethnographic material, together with a range of media texts to shed new light on the complex relationships of power experienced by women in derby as a sport culture, whilst also examining the darker relationships that characterise the sport, including those of inclusion and exclusion, difference and identity, and competition and participation. A contemporary feminist study of empowerment, sexual difference, gender and affect, this book will appeal to scholars of gender and sexuality, embodiment, feminist thought and the sociology of sport and leisure.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationFarnham and Burlington
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages208
ISBN (Electronic)9781315610429
ISBN (Print)9781472417718
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016


  • Sport
  • Gender
  • Power
  • affect
  • sociology
  • Cultural studies
  • embodiment
  • feminism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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