The “Science” of Fair Play in Sport: Gender and the Politics of Testing

  title={The “Science” of Fair Play in Sport: Gender and the Politics of Testing},
  author={Kathryn Henne},
  journal={Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society},
  pages={787 - 812}
  • Kathryn Henne
  • Published 1 March 2014
  • Education
  • Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
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