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Author Draft, Amanda
Title "There's so many fabulous butts in Derby" [electronic resource] : the skating body in women's flat track roller derby / by Amanda Draft.
Publication Info. 2013
Location Call No. Status Notes
 Libraries Electronic Books  Electronic Resource - WSU ETD    AVAIL. ONLINE
Description 92 p.
Note Advisor: Heather Dillaway.
Thesis Thesis (M.A.) -- Wayne State University, 2013.
Summary Women's flat track roller derby is a growing niche sport that has gathered much attention from media and academics alike. Previous research has analyzed the sport from a gendered view with limited focus on bodies in the broader sense. I attempt to fill this gap in the literature by asking: How do derby skaters define the derby body? In what ways do skaters resist and/or accommodate conventional bodily norms and those within derby? Utilizing an ethnographic repertoire of observation, interviews, and autoethnography, I examine the experiences of women derby skaters for a local flat track league located in the Midwest. Drawing from literature on gender and sport, resistance, and embodiment, I argue that skaters engage with a series of tensions and contradictions between societal norms and derby values, specifically those related to body size, athleticism, public versus private spaces, and the role of non-(born) wormen in the sport.
Subject Social service
Added Title Wayne State University thesis (M.A.) : Sociology
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