The Nature of Black Women’s Leadership in Community Recreation Sport: An Illustration of Black Feminist Thought

in Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal

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Ketra L. Armstrong
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Sport is a social institution that is rife with raced and gendered discursive fields, creating structural and power relations that may influence the leadership experiences of Black women there-in. Tins study utilized the tenets of Black Feminist Thought as a foundation for examining the leadership experiences of a case selection of Black women (n=21) in community recreational sports. The results revealed that a personal interest in sport and an ethic of caring motivated the women’s involvement in the leadership of community recreation sports. Although the women reported barriers of gender inequity, racial discrimination, poor communication, lack of resources, and organizational constraints, they appeared to rely on their internal fortitude as a reservoir for resistance to combat the institutional challenges faced and have meaningful sport leadership experiences. The study illuminated the importance of individual consciousness to these women’s sense of self and their ability to resist the domination of the power and ideologies situated in their sport leadership settings.

Ketra L. Armstrong, PhD., Associate Professor Department of Kinesiology California State University, Long Beach 1250 Bellflower Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90840-4901 Email: Phone: (562) 985-4025 Fax: (562) 985-7105

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