Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

"There's so many fabulous butts in derby": The skating body in women's flat track roller derby
by Draft, Amanda, M.A., Wayne State University, 2013, 91; 1537527
Abstract (Summary)

Women's flat track roller derby is a growing niche sport that has gathered much attention from media and academics alike. Previous research has analyzed the sport from a gendered view with limited focus on bodies in the broader sense. I attempt to fill this gap in the literature by asking: How do derby skaters define the derby body? In what ways do skaters resist and/or accommodate conventional bodily norms and those within derby? Utilizing an ethnographic repertoire of observation, interviews, and autoethnography, I examine the experiences of women derby skaters for a local flat track league located in the Midwest. Drawing from literature on gender and sport, resistance, and embodiment, I argue that skaters engage with a series of tensions and contradictions between societal norms and derby values, specifically those related to body size, athleticism, public versus private spaces, and the role of non-(born) women in the sport.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Dillaway, Heather
Commitee: Fasenfest, David, Gottfried, Heidi
School: Wayne State University
Department: Sociology
School Location: United States -- Michigan
Source: MAI 51/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Womens studies, Sociology
Keywords: Autoethnography, Embodiment, Qualitative methodology, Resistance, Roller derby, Women athletes
Publication Number: 1537527
ISBN: 9781303087011
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