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Title: 'People have a knack of making you feel excluded if they catch on to your difference’: Transgender experiences of exclusion in sport
Authors: Hargie, O. D. W.
Mitchell, D.
Somerville, Ian J. A.
First Published: 22-Apr-2015
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US), International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA)
Citation: International Review for the Sociology of Sport, April 22, 2015 1012690215583283
Abstract: While there is a growing literature in the field of gender, sexuality and sport, there is a dearth of research into the lived experiences of transgender people in sport. The present study addresses this research gap by exploring and analysing the accounts of transgender people in relation to their experiences of sport and physical activity. These are examined within the theoretical rubrics of social exclusion and minority stress theory. The findings from in-depth interviews with 10 transgender persons are detailed. Four interconnected themes emerged from the interviewee accounts: the intimidating nature of the changing/locker room environment; the impact of alienating sports experiences at school; the fear of public space and how this drastically constrained their ability to engage in sport and physical activity; and the overall effects of being denied the social, health and wellbeing aspects of sport. The findings are discussed in relation to the distinctive quality of transgender exclusion, and the related distal and proximal stressors experienced by this particular minority group.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1012690215583283
ISSN: 1012-6902
eISSN: 1461-7218
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Creative Commons “Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives” licence CC BY-NC-ND, further details of which can be found via the following link: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website.
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