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dc.contributor.authorDekšnytė, Rita
dc.date.accessioned2013-05-19T18:59:36Z
dc.date.available2013-05-19T18:59:36Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifier.otheroai:jykdok.linneanet.fi:1261309
dc.identifier.urihttps://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/41490
dc.description.abstractWomen in sports have historically been marginalised. Feminist studies have revealed a struggle to balance athletic and feminine identities in “conventionally masculine” sports. However, there is a need to explore women's experiences in a variety of sports. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was used to explore the experiences of three highly skilled Finnish female athletes of Japanese kendo in order to better understand personal and social meanings of gender and sport. Participants were asked to write a personal story based on a prompt statement “A woman in kendo” and comment on other participant's stories. The data was then interpreted and the following broad themes emerged: personal, socio-cultural, gender and sports framework. The findings reveal that personal motivations to practice kendo are related with the process of personal development and learning skills that can be transferred into other areas of life; perceptions of gender construction and gender differences vary among the participants; kendo sports framework is seen as facilitating non-gendered interactions through promotion of equality and respect; differences between Finnish and Japanese socio-cultural contexts become evident as participants discuss gendered cultural encounters. The findings can be relevant to those committed to creating bias-free sporting environment, assuring equal access and increasing participation in sports.en
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dc.language.isoeng
dc.rightsThis publication is copyrighted. You may download, display and print it for Your own personal use. Commercial use is prohibited.en
dc.rightsJulkaisu on tekijänoikeussäännösten alainen. Teosta voi lukea ja tulostaa henkilökohtaista käyttöä varten. Käyttö kaupallisiin tarkoituksiin on kielletty.fi
dc.subject.otherwomen
dc.subject.othergender
dc.subject.otherkendo
dc.subject.othersport
dc.subject.otherpersonal experience
dc.subject.otherFinland
dc.titleLadies in armour : a phenomenological investigation of experiences of highly skilled Finnish female kendo athletes
dc.identifier.urnURN:NBN:fi:jyu-201305191703
dc.type.ontasotPro gradufi
dc.type.ontasotMaster's thesisen
dc.contributor.tiedekuntaLiikuntatieteellinen tiedekuntafi
dc.contributor.tiedekuntaFaculty of Sport and Health Sciencesen
dc.contributor.laitosLiikuntakasvatuksen laitosfi
dc.contributor.laitosDepartment of Sport Sciencesen
dc.contributor.yliopistoUniversity of Jyväskyläen
dc.contributor.yliopistoJyväskylän yliopistofi
dc.contributor.oppiaineLiikuntapsykologiafi
dc.contributor.oppiaineSport and Exercise Psychologyen
dc.date.updated2013-05-19T18:59:37Z
dc.rights.accesslevelopenAccessfi
dc.contributor.oppiainekoodi5021
dc.subject.ysonaiset
dc.subject.ysosukupuoli
dc.subject.ysokendo
dc.subject.ysourheilu
dc.subject.ysoliikunta
dc.subject.ysoSuomi


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