MA (Master of Arts)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Scott H. Beck, Wendell H. Hester
This thesis examines how and why young female athletes participate in the competitive organized sport of softball. Based on participant observation and interviews with coaches and players of Team Z, this study examines how parents and coaches influence females to participate in athletics through incentives and punishments. This thesis also examines the cultural assumptions about work that organized sports introduce to female athletes. Furthermore, the study discusses how parents and competitive sports organizations perpetuate the existence of male domination in sports and in society more generally.
Thesis - Open Access
Lewis, Cory, "Under the Influence: Adolescent Girls' Compliance in Competitive Softball." (2004). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 980. http://dc.etsu.edu/etd/980
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