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Netball in the lives of New Zealand Women: An Intergenerational Study

This thesis explores the netball experiences of a selection of New Zealand women whom have participated or continue to participate in netball during four distinct historical periods. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, it sheds light on the broader socio-cultural and political changes that have influenced and shaped women’s experiences of netball throughout history. Drawing upon data gathered from primary and secondary sources and four focus groups, I examine the lived experiences of women who played netball during the 1940’s, 1970’s, 1990’s and the early 21st century. In so doing I reveal how broader shifts in gender relations have impacted women’s netball experiences, focusing particularly on their initial involvement, participation at recreational and competitive levels, and ultimate withdrawal. Moreover, an intergenerational discussion of these women’s experiences reveals some of the differences evident between the experiences of women during these four historical junctures. Exploring women’s netball experiences in relation to broader social change, time and context both within and across generations, this thesis provides unique insights into the changing nature and dynamics of netball in New Zealand, shifting social constructions of femininity and women’s sporting identities, as well as women’s unique and diverse experiences and understandings of their participation.
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Marfell, A. E. (2011). Netball in the lives of New Zealand Women: An Intergenerational Study (Thesis, Master of Sport and Leisure Studies (MSpLS)). University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10289/5347
University of Waikato
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