That little football girl. Swedish club football and gender expectations

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The title of this article comes from a comment made about me. It was uttered informally, but within a research community nevertheless. I was referred to as “thatlittle football girl”, and although the comment was swiftly trivialized, as in “I did not mean anything negative”, it left me pondering on how my gender reflected on the seriousness of my research. The aim of this article is to explore from an intersectional perspective how the researcher’s social markings influence the studied field and how gender can be constructed, performed and contested in a context of Swedish club football. The emphasis is on ethnographic work done by a female researcher, but it probes gender expectations that become visible when expressed in the context of football, a context that traditionally excluded rather than included females.


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Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Ethnology


  • Football, Ethnology, Ethnography, gender, Femininity, Masculinity, supporters
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-138
JournalEthnologia Scandinavica
Issue number2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Publication categoryResearch

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