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No Girls in the Clubhouse: The Exclusion of Women from Baseball
     

No Girls in the Clubhouse: The Exclusion of Women from Baseball

by Marilyn Cohen
 

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Even though teenaged girl Jackie Mitchell once struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, women are still striking out on the hardball diamond. This book builds on recently published histories of women as amateur and professional players, umpires, sports commentators and fans to analyze the cultural and historical contexts for excluding females from America’s

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Even though teenaged girl Jackie Mitchell once struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, women are still striking out on the hardball diamond. This book builds on recently published histories of women as amateur and professional players, umpires, sports commentators and fans to analyze the cultural and historical contexts for excluding females from America’s pastime. Drawing on anthropological and feminist perspectives, the book examines the ways that constructions of women’s bodies and normative social roles have pushed them toward softball instead of baseball. Sportswriter accounts, Title IX sex-discrimination suits, and interviews with players explore the obstacles and the social isolation of females who join all-male baseball teams, while also discussing policies that inhibit the practice.

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Library Journal
invaluably...essential
Choice
"this interesting book provides a solid historical and cultural treatment of women and baseball over the years and reveals that, despite barriers, women have found a way to share in the love of this sport and to be counted. A fascinating resource for those interested in sociology, especially sport sociology, and women's studies...excellent resource. Highly recommended"
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“invaluably...essential”—Library Journal; “this interesting book provides a solid historical and cultural treatment of women and baseball over the years and reveals that, despite barriers, women have found a way to share in the love of this sport and to be counted. A fascinating resource for those interested in sociology, especially sport sociology, and women’s studies...excellent resource. Highly recommended”—Choice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786440184
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
01/29/2009
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Marilyn Cohen is a professor of sociology and urban studies at Saint Peter’s College, where she is also the director of women’s studies. The author or editor of several books about Irish history and gender, she lives in Upper Montclair, New Jersey.

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