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Women, war and sport: The battle of the 2019 Solheim cup

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posted on 23.10.2020, 13:29 authored by Ali Bowes, Alan BairnerAlan Bairner, Stuart Whigham, Niamh Kitching
One of the most significant and/or prevalent symbols of nationhood is to be found in the international (men’s) sporting arena. Sport is often imbued with notions of national identity and war, although the sport of golf is generally devoid of flags and nationalistic tendencies and is thus often considered relatively insignificant in inculcating national sentiments – except in the exceptional cases of team golf events such as the Solheim Cup. This paper considers the way in which the competitors in the 2019 Solheim Cup were represented in the British print media. Results highlights that national identity is a key descriptor of the female competitors, legitimising their position in the battlefield of international sport. We conclude that, in an era of increasing significance of women’s sport, there exists an ideological space for women to be seen as ‘proxy warriors’ in sport.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Journal of War and Culture Studies

Volume

13

Issue

4

Pages

424 - 443

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Taylor and Francis

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of War and Culture Studies on 21 Oct 2020, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/17526272.2020.1829788

Acceptance date

07/09/2020

Publication date

2020-10-21

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

1752-6272

eISSN

1752-6280

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Alan Bairner. Deposit date: 22 October 2020