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Rebecca E. Hasson

examine the facilitators and barriers to physical activity in ethnic-minority communities to better understand the decline in physical activity throughout adolescence and into adulthood in this population. The work of Urie Bronfenbrenner provides an overarching framework for understanding youth physical

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Dawn Heinecken

is also no discussion of how her career might have been different had she not enjoyed such workplace flexibility. In fact, research shows that the need to balance work and family is a key barrier affecting women in coaching ( LaVoi & Dutove, 2012 ). Female coaches who lack administrative support and

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Kim Toffoletti, Catherine Palmer and Sumaya Samie

, production, dissemination and exchange of academic scholarship is but one example of the significant institutional barriers to advancing the diversity of knowledge forms and sources beyond Northern perspectives ( Kim, 2013 ). Our own experience of seeking contributions for this special issue brought such

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Mark Norman, Katelyn Esmonde and Courtney Szto

includes some critical reflections on the unique challenges to conducting public sociology in sport settings. Scholars may face barriers due to the unique social structures found in many sport subcultures, which frequently feature members (e.g., athletes, coaches, etc.) and gatekeepers (e.g., media members

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Sarah Oxford and Fiona McLachlan

performing a specific form of femininity that denounces female participation in sport. Moreover, because parents do not value sport participation but favor activities like learning English, girls in this class and lower classes often encounter internal barriers. In low socio-economic neighborhoods where SDP

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Noora J. Ronkainen, Amanda Shuman and Lin Xu

nature of running culture, gender inequality is naturalized in distance running (i.e., the ideal runner is a male), and female bodies are constructed as barriers to achievement. Overcoming these barriers was an individual responsibility within a discourse that presumed running as an equal opportunity

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Kathryn Henne and Madeleine Pape

, including women of Pacific heritage, worked closely with local groups to identify barriers to participation among women ages 15 to 45 and to develop outreach strategies to assuage community concerns and counteract social stigma around adult, particularly married, women’s participation ( Australian

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Paulette Stevenson

. While the Saudi government was happy to mildly support Attar for helping them cleanse their image, Saudi traditionalism still relies on an image of Saudi women as pious, submissive women. As she travels back to the US, Attar’s barrier-breaking performance loses its connection to Saudi Arabia and in the

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Tricia D. McGuire-Adams and Audrey R. Giles

the attitudes, beliefs, and practices of physical activity among First Nations women, found that while participants believed physical activity is important for good health, lack of time, lack of community opportunities, and environmental factors are barriers to them practicing physical activity

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Shawn Forde and Brian Wilson

as it pertains to sports and societal issues—and what are the explicit and subtle barriers to substantial change? We see this research as contributing to a limited body of literature on sports-related activism generally (see Harvey, Horne, Safai, & Darnell, 2013 ), and especially to thinking about