Subtexts of Research on Diversity in Sport Organizations: Queering Intersectional Perspectives

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  • 1 Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University, Utrecht,  The Netherlands
  • | 2 Institute for Health and Sport, Victoria University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
  • | 3 Department of Sociology, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • | 4 Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, Institute Social Work, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • | 5 Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
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A great deal of research focusing on organizational diversity has explored dynamics that exclude women and minorities from positions of leadership in sport organizations. The relatively little change in diversity in these positions suggests a need to employ ways of engaging in diversity research that do not center on identity categories and primarily focus on practices. Drawing on notions of subtexts and on queer theory, this critical narrative review aims to make visible and to question organizational practices and processes that may contribute to the diversity “problem” within sport organizations. A subtextual analysis of 32 articles published in leading sport management journals reveals how dynamics of organizational culture, such as an uncritical use of the concept of diversity, the invisibility of practices sustaining gender binaries and heteronormativity, and the intersection of heteronormativity and White normativity, contribute to sustaining the status quo in sport organizations. The authors build on these findings to challenge scholars to further explore and address these practices and processes in sport organizations and in their own research by employing queered intersectional approaches.

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