Legacies of 2012: putting women's boxing into discourse

Woodward, Kath (2014). Legacies of 2012: putting women's boxing into discourse. Contemporary Social Science: Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences, 9(2) pp. 242–252.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/21582041.2013.838295


This article explores some of the promises of legacy following the summer games in 2012 and demonstrates some of the cultural changes which are made possible in relation to thinking about gender and sport. The article uses Foucault's idea of ideas being ‘put into discourse’ to show how women's boxing in 2012 was taken seriously as an exciting sport and has had an impact upon the cultural hegemonic masculinity of boxing. Legacy involves incremental changes and shifts in ways of thinking which open up new ways of doing sport.

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