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n African Journal of Religion, Philosophy and Culture - The role of the female body in contesting and negotiating space in sports for women in rural and urban Zimbabwe

Volume 1, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2634-7636
  • E-ISSN: 2634-7644
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Abstract

This article examined attitudes, knowledge, behavior and practices of men and society on gender bias in sports. The paper examined how the African female body was made into an object of contest between African patriarchy and the colonial system and also showed how the battle for the female body eventually extended into the sporting field. It explored the postcolonial period and the effects on Zimbabwean society of the colonial ideals of the Victorian culture of morality. The paper showed that the effect of Victorian culture however, is part of a bigger, global problem with patriarchic structures in sport. The study focused on school sports and the participation of the girl child in sports such as netball, volleyball and football. Reference was made to other sports but emphasis was given to where women were affected. It is in this case where reference to the Zimbabwe national senior women soccer team was made to provide a case study for purposes of illustration. Selected rural community and urban schools served as case references insofar as the interview material which provided the qualitative data used in the analysis is concerned. In terms of methodology and theoretical framework, the paper adopted the political This article examined attitudes, knowledge, behavior and practices of men and society on gender bias in sports. The paper examined how the African female body was made into an object of contest between African patriarchy and the colonial system and also showed how the battle for the female body eventually extended into the sporting field. It explored the postcolonial period and the effects on Zimbabwean society of the colonial ideals of the Victorian culture of morality. The paper showed that the effect of Victorian culture however, is part of a bigger, global problem with patriarchic structures in sport. The study focused on school sports and the participation of the girl child in sports such as netball, volleyball and football. Reference was made to other sports but emphasis was given to where women were affected. It is in this case where reference to the Zimbabwe national senior women soccer team was made to provide a case study for purposes of illustration. Selected rural community and urban schools served as case references insofar as the interview material which provided the qualitative data used in the analysis is concerned. In terms of methodology and theoretical framework, the paper adopted the political

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2020-12-01
2020-12-01

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