The purpose of this study was to examine the recreation and sport experiences of Muslim women living in Southern California and to determine how these women negotiate cultural and religious differences within a sports and recreation setting. Standpoint theory and constraints negotiation were used as the theoretical framework of the study to shed light on how Muslim women construct their unique experiences as they navigate within the social and institutional structures of a more dominant group. This was a qualitative study that used semi-structured interview questions addressing culture, religion, family, society, sports and recreation. The sample size was composed of 8 respondents where saturation was reached. Access to informants came from a Muslim Student Association at a public university in Southern California. This study offers an understanding of the complexity of interactions between culture, religion, and gender and demonstrates that, in unison, they have a major impact on the lived experiences of the informants.
|Commitee:||Conley, Joanne, Fulthorp, Keith|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Recreation and Leisure Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 54/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Religion, Sports Management, Womens studies|
|Keywords:||Constraints negotiation, Culture, Islam, Muslim women, Recreation behavior, Sports|
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