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The Experiences of Women Leaders in the Higher Education Sport Sector: Examining the Gendered Organization Through Bourdieu’s Model of Field, Capital and Habitus

Naidu-Young, Shamira; May, Anthony; Pope, Stacey; Gérard, Simon

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Anthony May

Simon Gérard



Abstract

This article is the first to examine experiences of women with leadership roles in the U.K. Higher Education sport sector. We carried out detailed interviews with women leaders. We utilized Bourdieu’s model of habitus, capital, and field; Acker’s concept of “gendered organizations;” and Shilling’s concept of physical capital. Our findings show Higher Education operates more inclusively than the wider sport sector, which has the potential to advance gender equality. However, gendered practices remain with women working harder to accumulate and convert capital. Motherhood negatively impacts conversion of capital and respondents without children felt this benefitted their career. Finally, we discuss the impact of menopause on the careers of women and suggest this can impact self-perception.

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Naidu-Young, S., May, A., Pope, S., & Gérard, S. (2024). The Experiences of Women Leaders in the Higher Education Sport Sector: Examining the Gendered Organization Through Bourdieu’s Model of Field, Capital and Habitus. Sociology of Sport Journal, https://doi.org/10.1123/ssj.2023-0094

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 15, 2024
Online Publication Date Feb 16, 2024
Publication Date Feb 16, 2024
Deposit Date Feb 21, 2024
Publicly Available Date Feb 21, 2024
Journal Sociology of Sport Journal
Print ISSN 0741-1235
Electronic ISSN 1543-2785
Publisher Human Kinetics
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1123/ssj.2023-0094
Keywords Sociology and Political Science; Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation; Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/2271460

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