Sport & gender

  • Sport, socialization and gender identity
  • Sport and sexually dimorphic bodies
  • Gender discrimination in sport
  • Gender and sporting careers
  • Gender, race, class
  • Gender, sport and the media
  • Gender and sports: historical perspectives

Historically seen as a very macho domain, sport remains a bastion of inequality and discrimination and continues to provide fertile ground for teaching and expressing sexual stereotypes. However, the last few decades have seen a gradual “feminization” of sport, largely due to the increased presence and influence of women as participants across the entire range of sporting activities (especially at the elite level), through new careers for women in the world of sport and via greater media coverage of women’s sport. In addition, as a social institution, a means of socialization and bodily expression, sport is a way of challenging or overcoming certain gender stereotypes.
Researchers in this theme examine these issues from historical, sociological, anthropological and communication sciences perspectives. Much of the group’s work focuses on understanding the obstacles facing people who do sport or who work in the world of sport, and on identifying the social, economic and contextual (especially gender, race and class) factors in play. The results of this research help provide foundations for programs promoting greater equality.


Researchers working on this theme:

Institute of Sports Sciences

  • Patrick Clastres - Associate professor
  • Nicolas Margas - Assistant professor
  • Fabien Ohl - Full professor
  • Madeleine Pape - FNS Senior Researcher
  • Grégory Quin - Assistant professor
  • Lucie Schoch - Assistant teacher

Institute of Social Sciences

  • Gianni Haver - Associate professor
  • Eléonore Lépinard - Associate professor


Publications on this research theme:

  • Froidevaux, S. (2022). La production de la «différence sexuelle» des corps dans la pratique sportive du tir à l’arc. SociologieS.
  • Pape, M., & Schoch, L. (2022). Gendering strategic action fields in sports governance. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 10126902221136084.
  • Schoch, L., Clark, S., & Francombe-Webb, J. (2022). Women in the history, culture and sociology of sports: 2021. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, 365.
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