Gendering the Coronavirus Pandemic: Toward a Framework of Interdependence for Sport

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  • 1 Northwestern University
  • 2 Victoria University
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A growing body of research suggests that economic crises tend to exacerbate existing gender inequalities, particularly in the realms of paid work and political representation. Translating this to the case of sport, how and why might the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic be felt unevenly by professional female athletes and women leaders? In this essay, the authors reflect on the classic feminist critique of the gendered construction of dependence and consider how its application in the context of sport might aid scholars in making sense of (a) the persistence of gendered precarity and inequality in sport, (b) the prospect of their exacerbation under conditions of a pandemic, and (c) how the current crisis might enable sport to move toward a model of interdependence in which its vastly unequal structures are changed for the better.

Pape is with the Dept. of Sociology, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA. McLachlan is with the College of Sport & Exercise Science, Victoria University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

Pape (madeleine.pape@northwestern.edu) is corresponding author.
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