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.
Adele Pavlidis was awarded her doctorate from Griffith University, Australia and is currently a member of the Griffith Centre for Cultural Research. Simone Fullagar is Professor of Sport and Physical Cultural Studies at the University of Bath, UK. She is co-editor of Slow Tourism: Experiences and Mobilities.
Contents: Preface; Introduction; Theory, practice and affect: feminist approaches to sport and sport management; Writing/researching roller derby: methods for feminist physical cultural studies; 'Roller derby saved my soul': belonging and becoming; The 'dark side' of belonging: power and exclusion in roller derby; Feminist sport management: affects and governance in roller derby; Conclusion: a 'new' derby ethos?; Appendix; References; Index.