Discursive resistance to gender diversity in sport governance : sport as a unique field? / Annelies Knoppers, Ramon Spaaij, Inge Claringbould

Knoppers, Annelies | Spaaij, Ramón F. J. | Claringbould, Inge

Although diversity is an often cited organisational value, its support is often muted when it pertains to boards of governance. The aim of this study is to identify discursive practices that may prevent or limit the implementation of measures to increase gender balance in sport governance at the national and international levels. Drawing on a total of 60 qualitative, semi-structured interviews with board members, the authors explore both the content of and reasons for discursive opposition to implementing gender balance in the governing boards of international and national sport organisations that purport to value diversity.

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