A Conversation With Dr Anna Kavoura


Which focuses and understanding how tender informs meaning in sport. I feel that this is such an important topic that it should have featured in this podcast already a long time ago indeed sport is a very gendered institution and although there has been a lot of effort to tackle gender-based inequalities in the past few decades a lot of work certainly remains to be done in today's episode. We explore how gender identity intersects with athletic identity with the focus on women's martial law. We discuss what this course is dominant in the sporting spaces and how these impact those who are unable or unwilling to accept and live according to these courses. We then move on to exploring the possibilities of alternative meanings discourses and practices of sport and finally discuss whether and how sporting spaces that are not based on a binary understanding of gender can be organized as well as the ethical imperative to organize sporting spaces that are inclusive safe for all our guest has completed several interesting research projects on gender in sport. She completed her PhD in sports Sciences at the University of Georgia Line Finland, which focused on understanding woman's identity negotiations in competitive Judo cultures after defending her PhD she continued working. Postdoc researcher at the University of a scallop in a project that focused on tackling discrimination against gender and sexual minorities in sports and physical education contexts off. She then move on to the school of sport and service management at the University of Brighton and currently works as opposed to researcher in a project titled transforming gender boundaries in sport, which is funded by The Finnish cultural Foundation. Welcome doctor onychophora and thank you so much for joining me for today's interesting and very important discussions. Hi Nora. Thank you for having me. I'm delighted that we are we are now here discussing this and we have talked about this already along a long time ago. And so now we finally get going and I cannot emphasize enough how much I feel that this is a very important topic to address and and for us to understand meaning in sport, we always have to be thinking about this gendered element of meaning and and how are cultural practices also shaped those meanings. So I'd be very delighted to hear a little bit about how you have become a nurse color and Willa sport Sports color, of course as well. But your research in the past ten years already has always been addressing these gender issues. So perhaps a little bit about the background story of of how you became a gender research. Yeah. Sure. So yes, I am always a little bit hesitant to call myself a gender school because as you said my background is in sports science and majoring in sports psychology, and I think it was sometime during my towards the end of my master studies when I started realizing that this focus on performance alone thought sometimes like mainstream sport psychological theories are all about especially when it is done in a way that neglects that context and the situational characteristics of Faith dividual such as gender race class religion and and so on like this way of work does not in English. Ask me that Matt and I became especially interested in gender. I think my interest like also comes from my personal experiences my experiences, for example of being young and female athlete in the mail domain of martial arts. But also experiences that go way back before that experiences of birth of a girl growing up in the patriarchal culture of Greece. For example,

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