Bodies in Cultural Conflicts. Negotiating Social Norms and Values in Swimming Courses for Women with a Migration Background

Tschirren, Karin; Günter, Sandra; Weigelt-Schlesinger, Yvonne (2013). Bodies in Cultural Conflicts. Negotiating Social Norms and Values in Swimming Courses for Women with a Migration Background. Freiburger Zeitschrift für GeschlechterStudien, 19(1), pp. 31-48. Budrich Unipress 10.3224/09489975113

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This article offers an analysis of the ways in which women migrating to Switzerland react towards discursively constructed norms and values of the swiss majority when it comes to the field of swimming courses offered as modes of integration. In this article, observational research used in combination with interviews offers a possibility to analyse dominant power structures and subversive empowerment processes within a body-centred, pluralised and ethnically differentiated religious and cultural domain. Current findings, such as the controversial debates about the choice of the swimsuit and the use of the indoor swimming pool, indicate an embodied and objective social structure that seems to be diverging. The associated negotiations about the implementation of patterns of interpretation and classification show a dynamic process of cultural and religious assimilation, attachment and criticism.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Sport Science III

UniBE Contributor:

Tschirren, Karin Elisabeth; Günter, Sandra and Weigelt, Yvonne

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment

ISSN:

2196-4459

Publisher:

Budrich Unipress

Language:

German

Submitter:

Rahel Spring

Date Deposited:

13 Mar 2014 12:46

Last Modified:

31 Dec 2014 11:11

Publisher DOI:

10.3224/09489975113

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.40506

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/40506

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