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Extraordinary body-self narratives: sport and physical activity in the lives of transgender people

Elling-Machartzki, Agnes (2017). Extraordinary body-self narratives: sport and physical activity in the lives of transgender people. Leisure Studies, 36 (2). pp. 256-268. ISSN 0261-4367 DOI: 10.1080/02614367.2015.1128474.

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Physical activity and sports can be regarded as particularly challenging social practices for transgender people, regarding the centrality of the body, gendered structures like changing rooms and competitions, and normative gender ideologies. In the emerging body of literature on transgender people and sport, the main focus has been on mainstream, competitive sports as non-inclusive. In this article, I present body-self narratives in physical activity and sports (PA/S) during different stages of their gender transition, based on interviews with 12 transgender people in the Netherlands. The results confirm that mainstream sports and physical activity spaces like swimming pools are often experienced as relatively unsafe by transgender people, both pre- and post-transition and especially during the ?liminal? transition phase. However, apart from places of shame for or control of the ?wrong? body-object and places of felt/enacted stigma, the body-self narratives also indicated that PA/S had been important enabling and empowering activities at different times in the lives of transgender people. For example, regarding gender (dis)identification or as coping strategy in de pre-transition phase and for ultimately gaining body-subject awareness, gender recognition and pride of the ?right? body-self.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: Transgender sport/physical activity gender negotiations body/self management narratives VAPEN
Déposé par: Veille References
Date de dépôt: 29 mars 2017 13:22
Dernière modification: 29 mars 2017 13:22

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