‘Inclusivity for who’?: An analysis of ‘race’ and female fandom at the 2022 UEFA European Women's Championships

Leslie-Walker, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-8521-5910, Taylor, K. ORCID: 0000-0002-9611-3020 and Jones Russell, E., 2023. ‘Inclusivity for who’?: An analysis of ‘race’ and female fandom at the 2022 UEFA European Women's Championships. International Review for the Sociology of Sport. ISSN 1012-6902

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This article explores the experiences and identities of minority ethnic women at the UEFA Women's Euros (UWE) held in England in 2022. It does so at a time when women sports fans have become more visible in the historically male-dominated environs of football fandom, particularly in the United Kingdom (UK), and when questions of ‘race’, ethnicity and gender are longstanding, contested elements of British culture and society. Through a Black feminist thought methodology allied to critical race theory principles, the study contributes an essential intersectional account of minority ethnic women's sports fandom experiences at a major international event. The findings confirm that the growth of women's football in the UK, motivated minority ethnic women to attend the UWE. However, the current visibility and inclusivity of professional women's football demonstrates a lack of diversity and cultural sensitivity, which often inhibits minority ethnic women from presenting their identities to further engage with and support the game's growth.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Review for the Sociology of Sport
Creators: Leslie-Walker, A., Taylor, K. and Jones Russell, E.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 6 November 2023
ISSN: 1012-6902
Rights: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 20 Nov 2023 13:34
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2023 13:34
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/50399

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