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Women, Sport, and the Press in Twentieth-Century Mexico

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Claire Brewster, Dr Keith Brewster



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Routledge, 2018.

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The concept of women engaging in physical recreation was anathema to late nineteenth century Mexican society. While underlying scepticism continued throughout the decades that followed, post-revolutionary reforms provided a surprisingly open arena within which both men and women could practice sport. In this paper we analyse how the issue of gender influenced these reforms and the degree to which this affected popular participation in sports. Identifying media coverage as a barometer of broader society’s perceptions of female sporting activity, we consider the salient trends in the Mexican press, how these changed over time, and the ways in which female journalists approached women’s sport. Our findings suggest the need for caution in leaping to gender-based assumptions and provide evidence that, in some respects, male journalists became more enlightened than their female counterparts in confronting underlying prejudices.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Brewster C, Brewster K

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of the History of Sport

Year: 2018

Volume: 35

Issue: 10

Pages: 965-984

Online publication date: 25/03/2019

Acceptance date: 28/06/2018

Date deposited: 25/05/2018

ISSN (print): 0952-3367

ISSN (electronic): 1743-9035

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/09523367.2019.1575816


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