Women, war and sport: The battle of the 2019 Solheim cup
journal contributionposted 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.
- Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences