The Female Signifiant in All-Women’s Amateur Roller Derby

@article{Carlson2010TheFS,
  title={The Female Signifiant in All-Women’s Amateur Roller Derby},
  author={Jennifer Carlson},
  journal={Sociology of Sport Journal},
  year={2010},
  volume={27},
  pages={428-440}
}
  • Jennifer Carlson
  • Published 2010
  • Sociology
  • Sociology of Sport Journal
  • I analyze women’s flat-track amateur roller derby by asking: how do derby skaters negotiate the requirements associated with emphasized femininity? By drawing on Hebdige’s (1979) analysis of punk, I develop the term female signifiant to argue that roller derby is an aggressive contact sport with a theatrical edge. It provides a rich, adventurous space to satirize athletic and feminine norms. Specifically, skaters’ sport participation is characterized by an interrogation of emphasized femininity… CONTINUE READING
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