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Untangling complexity: The ethnic, gender and class dimensions in Fijian sport and society

Sugden, J Untangling complexity: The ethnic, gender and class dimensions in Fijian sport and society. In: Kanemasu, Y and Besnier, N, (eds.) Towards a Pacific Island Sociology of Sport: Seeking New Horizons. Emerald Insight, Leeds, United Kingdom. (Accepted)

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The Pacific Island nation of Fiji, spanning 100s of islands, has been characterised by both geographical and ethnic divisions between, mainly, Indigenous Fijians and Fijians of Indian descent. The latter took shape in quite blatant forms in the island’s historical tendency towards ethnic politics but has also been enacted across the island’s sporting traditions. Today, while ethnic politics still exists to a degree, encouraged by ethnopolitical entrepreneurs, the reality is more nuanced. Divisions remain not only along the popularised lines of ethnicity but also across hierarchical, socio-economic class and gender boundaries that have received somewhat less scholarly attention. This nuance is visible in the performance and packaging of Fijian sport and through the meanings that local people attach to it. This chapter, therefore, draws upon the experience of ethnographic fieldwork within and across Fijian subcultures with a focus on rugby and soccer. Inclusive of participation and interviews with diverse Fijian sporting stakeholders from differing intersections of local sport and society, the key threads above will be untangled to reveal a more three-dimensional and collective impression of contemporary Fiji.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Fiji; Social Class; Hegemony; Gender; Critical Theory
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Liverpool Business School
Publisher: Emerald Insight
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SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2024 15:43
Last Modified: 09 May 2024 12:57
Editors: Kanemasu, Y and Besnier, N
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22304
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