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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/30179

Title: "Young Women Growing Graciously": Considering Sport, Gender and Development in Diasporic Space
Authors: Belore, Melanie
Advisor: Kidd, Bruce
Donnelly, Peter
Department: Exercise Sciences
Keywords: sport
community development
diaspora
gender norms
social change
postcolonial feminism
transnational feminism
Somali-Canadian
Toronto
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2011
Abstract: This thesis aims to expand our understanding of the relationship between gender, sport and development. Specifically, it asks 1) how a sport, gender and development program is conceptualized and deployed by members of a young Somali-Canadian women’s group in Toronto, Canada and 2) if female participation in sport is thought to contribute to new gender norms, roles and relationships within such a diaspora community. Working within a postcolonial/transnational feminist framework, the thesis utilizes focus group interviews and engages with issues of power, representation and knowledge production. The findings shed light on the influences that have both informed and constrained this particular community initiative, as well as the possibilities and limitations of using sport to negotiate new gender norms, roles and relationships within the Somali diaspora. In conclusion, several recommendations are made to researchers and practitioners invested in the burgeoning field of international sport for development.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/30179
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