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Leading the way: women’s experiences as sports coaches.

Woodward, Diana, Brackenridge, C, Green, E and West, A (2001) Leading the way: women’s experiences as sports coaches. Women in Management Review, 16 (2). pp. 85-92. ISSN 0267-4602

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Explores women's under-representation from sports coaching roles in general and from high status roles in particular. In-depth interviews were carried out with 20 women who coached one of the following sports: cricket, gymnastics, netball, squash or swimming. A purposive sample ensured that the coaches reflected different levels of commitment to coaching. Witz's model of occupational closure, used by her to analyse the medical profession, provided the basis for analysing the women's experiences as coaches. Analysis of the interview data revealed that exclusionary and demarcationary strategies operated to limit women's access to coaching roles. Such strategies included gendering the coaching role as a masculine role and closing access to networks of coaches. Women challenged such strategies through inclusionary and dual closure strategies by drawing on their coaching qualifications, their experiences as competitive athletes and the successes of the athletes whom they coached

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0267-4602
Electronic ISSN: 0964-9425
Uncontrolled Keywords: sport; coaching; gender; occupational closure; Witz;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Support Services > Research and Knowledge Transfer > Graduate School
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 700 Arts & recreation > 790 Sports, games & entertainment > 796 Athletic & outdoor sports & games
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics > 331 Labor economics
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Item ID: 2126
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2008 11:42
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2013 16:49
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/2126

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