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18 July 2016

Women and Sport in Latin America

Edited by

Rosa López de D’Amico, Tansin Benn and Gertrud Pfister.
The book is about women of Latin America and their sport participation. In the context of this book ‘sport’ includes school-based physical education and sport, community / recreational provision and high-performance sport.

The book contains

Overviews of international developments in policy, research and theorizing Gender and Sport; in-depth analysis of ten countries spanning North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rico, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela; the activities of indigenous peoples and the sport contributions of diaspora Latin American women living in the USA and Spain.

The book is original in that it is the first to focus on Women and Sport in Latin America and is particularly valuable in the English language. This enables the exchange of knowledge beyond the predominantly Spanish and Portuguese speaking Latin American region and provides scholars and activists world-wide with knowledge of this region and its rich history in the field.

The clear focus throughout is sport and gender equity, informed by intersecting influences that affect the lives of girls and women and their participation in sport such as economic and socio-cultural context. The multi-disciplinary nature of the book, for example, drawing from sociology, cultural studies, anthropology and history, will increase global understanding of diversity, challenges and achievements in the sporting lives of Latin American Women.

The book was the idea of a network of scholars in the International Association of Physical Education and Sport (IAPESGW) and builds on the success of the IAPESGW- initiated book by Benn, Pfister & Jawad (eds) (2011) ‘Muslim Women and Sport’, the first book to bring together the voices of Muslim women from fourteen countries across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. It was the Latin American women of the scientific community at the 16th quadrennial IAPESGW Congress in Cuba, 2013, who expressed a desire to become more visible in the global scientific world through a book focused on their voices and region. With the first International Association President from Latin America serving IAPESGW 2014 – 2017, Rosa Lopez de D’Amico from Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador, Venezuela, the time was right. 

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Gertrud Pfister