Becoming roller derby grrrls: Exploring the gendered play of affect in mediated sport cultures

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Title Becoming roller derby grrrls: Exploring the gendered play of affect in mediated sport cultures
Author Pavlidis, Adele; Fullagar, Simone Patricia
Journal Name International Review for the Sociology of Sport
Editor Lawrence A. Wenner
Year Published 2013
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Abstract This article explores how the global revival of roller derby as an alternative sport for women has been mobilised through online social networks, league promotion and fan sites that create imagined communities of 'roller grrrls'. In the creation of sport culture we argue that the virtual performance of 'derby' identities is as significant as the embodiment of play. Like other sports, derby sites mobilise affect (passion, pleasure, pain, desire to play) through a discourse of 'empowerment' that urges women to overcome limits and reinvent gendered subjectivity. However, within the virtual space of roller derby, complex affects are produced and circulated within power relations that can include or exclude. Through an analysis of the way affect is mobilised in selected roller derby sites, we identify how virtual sport identities are connected through the movement of 'affects' across bodies and leagues. These affects both circumscribe and undermine the notion of a single derby community.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2012 The Author(s). This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 48
Issue Number 6
Page from 673
Page to 688
ISSN 1461-7218
Date Accessioned 2012-06-10
Language en_US
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Communications Technologies; Gender Specific Studies; Recreation, Leisure and Tourism Geography
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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