Revisiting Relations between the Sexes in Sport on the Island of Ireland

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This chapter makes the case for a more scientific-sociological analysis that reflects an appropriate balance between the roles of “participant” and “enquirer” in short, for an approach thatblends “dispassionate involvement” and “passionate detachment” (Dunning andHughes 2013, 157–61). This is important because, here, data are drawn from theauthor’s deep involvement in the field of competitive sports on the island of Ireland.This includes longstanding participation and nonparticipant observation inmale-associated sports, such as Gaelic football, soccer (association football), andrugby union; interviews with high-performance (elite) female athletes and leadingsports officials north and south of the border; and, the author’s experiences invarious leadership roles in women’s sports on the island. First is a necessarilysuccinct account of the established-outsider framework as it was proposedinitially by Elias and Scotson and developed subsequently by others. This will befollowed by a short theoretical overview of the civilizing of relations between thesexes and, related to this, the dynamics of group charisma and shame. There is a short note on the research methods employed here and, thereafter, a brief historical overview of some of the developments that have taken place in women’s sports in the last 20 years or so, both being a necessary foreground for the subsequent examination of females’ self-images and aspectsof the dynamics of group charisma and disgrace that can be seen in sport on theisland of Ireland.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationNorbert Elias and Empirical Research
Pages197-219
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Liston, KK. (2014). Revisiting Relations between the Sexes in Sport on the Island of Ireland. In Norbert Elias and Empirical Research (pp. 197-219)
Liston, Katie/K. / Revisiting Relations between the Sexes in Sport on the Island of Ireland. Norbert Elias and Empirical Research. 2014. pp. 197-219
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The Collected Works of Norbert Elias, vol. 7, 242–59. Dublin: UCD Press. Dunning, E., and J. Hughes. 2013. Norbert Elias and Modern Sociology: Knowledge, Interdependence,Power, Process. London: Bloomsbury. Elias, N. (1991) 2010. The Society of Individuals. Oxford: Basil Blackwell [Published in Collected Works, vol. 10]. Elias, N. 2009. “The Changing Balance of Power between the Sexes – a Process-Sociological Study: The Example of the Ancient Roman State.” In R. Kilminster and S. Mennell (eds.), Essays III: On Sociology and the Humanities [Collected Works, vol. 16], 240–265, Dublin: UCD Press. Elias, N., and J. Scotson. 1965/1994/2008. The Established and the Outsiders. London: Sage (orig. 1965; the 1994 edition contains the 1976 introduction written for the Dutch translation). Republished in 2008, Collected Works, vol. 4. Dublin: UCD Press. Gill, M. 2013. “You Play Rugby . . . but You’re a Girl . . . You Have To Be Gay.” Belfast, University of Ulster undergraduate thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of BSc (Hons) Sports Studies. Goudsblom, J. 1977. Sociology in the Balance: A Critical Essay. Oxford: Basil Blackwell. Irish Rugby Football Union 2012. “Strategic Review for Irish Rugby 2012–2016.” (www. irishrugby.ie/downloads/Strategic_Review_for_Irish_Rugby_2012-2016.pdf, accessed March 13, 2013). Irish Sports Council 2013. Irish Sports Monitor. Dublin: Irish Sports Council. http:// www.irishsportscouncil.ie/Research/The_Irish_Sports_Monitor/ (accessed December 11, 2013). Kilminster, K. 2007. Norbert Elias: Post Philosophical-Sociology. New York: Routledge. van Krieken, R. 1998. Norbert Elias. London: Routledge. Liston, K. 2002. “The Gendered Field of Irish Sport.” In M. Corcoran and M. Peillon (eds.), Ireland Unbound: A Turn of the Century Chronicle, 234–47. Dublin: Institute of Public Administration. Liston, K. 2005. “Established-Outsider Relations between Males and Females in the Field of Sports in Ireland.” Irish Journal of Sociology 14 (1): 66–85. Liston, K. 2005a. “Some Reflections on Women’s Sports.” In A. Bairner (ed.), Sport and the Irish, 206–23. Dublin: UCD Press. Liston, K. 2006. “Women’s Soccer in the Republic of Ireland: Some Preliminary Sociological Comments.” Soccer and Society 7 (2–3): 364–84. Liston, K. 2006a. “Sport and Gender Relations.” Sport in Society 9 (4): 616–33. Liston, K. 2007. “A Question of Sport.” In S. O’Sullivan (ed.), Contemporary Ireland: A Sociological Map, 114–32. Dublin: UCD Press. Liston, K. 2008. “Sport and Gender Relations.” In D. Malcolm and I. Waddington (eds)., Matters of Sport: Essays in Honour of Eric Dunning, 114–32. London: Routledge. Liston, K., and G. Menzies (eds.). 2004. Women and Sport: Fifth Report for the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Arts, Sports, Tourism, Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. Dublin: Stationery Office. Liston, K., R. Gregg, and J. Lowther. 2012. “Elite Sports Policy and Coaching at the Coalface.” International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics. 5 (3): 341-362. Loyal, S. 2004. “Elias on Class and Stratification.” In S. Loyal and S. Quilley (eds.), The Sociology of Norbert Elias, 122–39. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Maguire, J. 1999. Global Sport: Identities, Societies, Civilizations. Cambridge: Polity. Maguire, J. 2005. Power and Global Sport: Zones of Prestige, Emulation and Resistance. London: Routledge. Mennell, S. 1998. Norbert Elias: An Introduction, rev. ed. Dublin: University College Dublin Press. Mennell, S. 2007. The American Civilizing Process. London: Polity. Mennell, S., and J. Goudsblom (eds.). 1998. Norbert Elias on Civilisation, Power and Knowledge: Selected Writings. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Loyal, S., and S. Quilley (eds.). The Sociology of Norbert Elias. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Sheard, K. 1997. “Aspects of Boxing in the Western ‘Civilising Process.’” International Review of the Sociology of Sport 32 (1): 31–59. Sheard, K., and E. Dunning. 1973. “The Rugby Football Club as a Type of ‘Male Preserve’: Some Sociological Notes.” International Review of Sport Sociology 8: 5–24. Swaan, Abram de 1979. “Uitgaansbeperking en Uitgaansangst. Over de verschuiving van bevelshuishouding naar onderhandelingshuishouding.” De Gids 142 (8): 498–509. van Stolk, B., and C. Wouters. 1987. “Power Changes and Self-respect: A Comparison of Two Cases of Established-Outsider Relations.” Theory, Culture and Society 4 (4): 477–88. Velija, P. 2011. “‘Nice Girls Don’t Play Cricket’: The Established and Outsiders within the Cricket Figuration.” Sport in Society 14 (1): 81–96. Wouters, C. 2004. Sex and Manners: Female Emancipation in the West 1890–2000. London: Sage.

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Liston KK. Revisiting Relations between the Sexes in Sport on the Island of Ireland. In Norbert Elias and Empirical Research. 2014. p. 197-219