Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CFP: Southern Sociological Society - WOMEN’S SPORTS

The Southern Sociological Society is organizing their 2015 annual conference in New Orleans around the theme of “Stalled Revolutions? Gender Inequality in the 21st Century” with the question mark specifically indicating recognition that it is debatable whether or not the gender revolution has stalled at all and, if so, to what degree.

In conjunction with the conference theme, I am currently devising a session on “sport and stalled revolutions”. The description of the session is as follows:

Sport is a social institution that has gone through a period of tremendous change regarding gender. Title IX increased the presence and profile of female athletes, women’s professional sports leagues have become established and continuous entities, and a number of female athletes have achieved household recognition.  Yet, despite these advancements women’s sports continue to suffer from a number of barriers: backlash against Title IX, continued sexualization and trivialization of female athletes and women’s sports; and significant differences in the financial and fan support of male and female athletics.

Therefore this session seeks to query, in conjunction with the conference theme, the role of sport as a social institution in generating a more equal society regarding gender relations. We seek papers that address the following questions either generally or as a part of a more grounded empirical study: In what ways has sport provided a powerful setting for articulating alternative conceptions of the distribution of power via gender? In what ways does it reinforce existing power arrangements? What are the possibilities and problems of attempts to generate social change via sport? How does sport compare to other institutions characterized by stalled revolutions (e.g. work, family)?

If you would like your paper considered for this session, please submit the following to Kylie Parrotta (kparrotta@desu.edu) and Daniel Buffington (buffingtond@uncw.edu) by Wednesday, October 15:
1) the title of the paper
2) name, affiliation, and contact information for each author
3) an extended abstract of approximately 450-550 words
***note that at least one author on each paper must be a member of SSS for the paper to be considered (per SSS)

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