What are the experiences of women participating in recreational motorsport?

Sweatman, Charlie (2017) What are the experiences of women participating in recreational motorsport? Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Abstract

When considering participation within motorsport, it is without argument that women account for a small percentage of the overall number of drivers. Literature suggests that on-going work aims to increase the number of female drivers within professional motorsport by seeking to understand the experiences of these drivers. However, female involvement within recreational motorsport is a vastly under-researched area, and data is yet to be collected regarding women’s views about competing within this environment. It is therefore unclear whether both populations of female racers encounter the same experiences.
Consequently, through conducting several semi-structured interviews with women who compete within the recreational motorsport of Autograss Racing, the aim of the study was to establish whether data from these women conformed to, or rejected, the underlying themes established through previous research into women’s professional motorsport. In addition, the data could help establish which environment is best able to support and cater for women’s involvement within motorsport, in relation to existing stereotypes upon women racers.
In terms of the underlying results, focus was placed upon the positive aspect of how the environment of recreational motorsport compensates for physical driving ability and accepts the division of labour in relation to the involvement of women, which ultimately creates a supportive environment. It was therefore concluded that women encounter more favourable experiences of support within the environment of recreational motorsport, suggesting that practices from recreational motorsport could be implemented in the professional environment to further value and facilitate the involvement of women.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BA (Hons) Sport Development & Coaching
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV201 Physical education and training
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports > GV711 Coaching
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Departments > Sport Development and Management
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Ann Jones
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2017 09:53
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2017 10:08
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/3001

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