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‘Sistas’ and Aunties: sport, physical activity, and Indigenous Australian women


Stronach, M and Maxwell, H and Taylor, T, Sistas' and Aunties: sport, physical activity, and Indigenous Australian women, Annals of Leisure Research, 19, (1) pp. 7-26. ISSN 1174-5398 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/11745398.2015.1051067


Indigenous women have alarmingly low rates of participation in organized sport and physical activity (PA) in contemporary Australian society. To gain a better contextual and cultural understanding of the issues involved, we discussed the life experiences and the place of sport and PA with 22 Indigenous women. The research was guided by a culturally appropriate interpretative qualitative methodology. A complex amalgamation of cultural beliefs and traditions, history, gendered factors, and geography are presented in the women’s stories. Sport and PA were highly regarded, providing the women with opportunities to maintain strong communities, preserve culture, and develop distinct identities as ‘enablers’. The women called for culturally safe spaces in which to engage in PA and noted the need for Indigenous females to act as role models. The study provides preliminary understandings that can be used to facilitate greater sport and PA inclusion, and implications for future research are presented.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:sport, physical activity, Indigenous Australian women
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social change
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
Objective Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander determinants of health
UTAS Author:Maxwell, H (Dr Hazel Maxwell)
ID Code:102371
Year Published:2016 (online first 2015)
Web of Science® Times Cited:38
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2015-08-17
Last Modified:2016-02-23

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