Gender on the Sports Agenda

  title={Gender on the Sports Agenda},
  author={Jennifer A. Hargreaves},
  journal={International Review for the Sociology of Sport},
  pages={287 - 307}
  • J. Hargreaves
  • Published 1990
  • Sociology
  • International Review for the Sociology of Sport
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