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SWET for the summit: Exploration of Singapore's first all-female Mount Everest team
by Goh, Tan Leng, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 160; 1472337
Abstract (Summary)

Using feminist cultural studies as the theoretical framework, the purpose of this study was to investigate the experiences of the Singapore Women's Everest Team (SWET) regarding (a) social and cultural factors that influenced their experiences in a male-dominated sport of mountaineering, and (b) the barriers and challenges they had to overcome in the pursuit of athletic goals.

Semi-structured interviews were conducted with the six elite female mountaineers and the collected data were analyzed inductively. The findings from this study resulted in several points of discussions. First, it was found that mountaineering is still primarily influenced by male climbers in Singapore. Second, social, cultural and financial barriers emerged as major challenges in the women's pursuit of this sport at an elite level. Third, sexism in the form of trivialization, objectification as well as stereotypical images around female mountaineers exists in this sport. Finally, female athletes can be empowered through women-only spaces.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kauer, Kerrie
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Womens studies, Physical education, Recreation
Publication Number: 1472337
ISBN: 978-1-109-47250-9
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