The Construction of Women’s Positions in Sport: A Textual Analysis of Articles on Female Athletes in Finnish Women’s Magazines

Click name to view affiliation

Riitta M. Pirinen University of Tampere

Search for other papers by Riitta M. Pirinen in
Current site
Google Scholar
Restricted access

This study analyzed the treatment of female athletes in Finnish women’s magazines. The purpose was to examine how media representations constructed hierarchic relations between women. Furthermore, the aim was to examine how the construction and legitimation of the hierarchy between women and the gender hierarchy are interwoven with each other. Finally, the study discussed the possibilities to challenge, resist, and transform the ideological construction of these hierarchic relations. Briefly, the study demonstrated the ways in which media texts may both construct disempowering positions and also offer recourses of empowering positions for women.

Riitta M. Pirinen is with the Department of Sociology and Social Psychology at the University of Tampere, P.O. Box 607, 33101 Tampere, Finland.

  • Collapse
  • Expand
All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 1927 101 7
Full Text Views 111 13 0
PDF Downloads 124 14 0