Outsiders in the Clubhouse: The World of Women's Professional Golf

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SUNY Press, Jun 29, 1995 - Social Science - 276 pages
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Outsiders in the Clubhouse captures the experience of living on the women’s professional golf tour. Based on interviews, field work, and archival data, it reveals a double edge to women’s status as outsiders within the world of golf. On the tour, gender is less relevant than in the everyday lives of most women. LPGA members do not compete directly with men, they are not held back by glass ceilings, and their raises are based on merit. But at the same time the tour operates within a sexist world. Despite all their skill, women golfers remain outsiders within the hypermasculine world of golf.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
OUT HERE
11
OUTSIDERS INSIDE THE TOURNAMENT
29
RADICALS AMONG THE POWER ELITE
39
GETTING IN AND STAYING OUT
55
DOING GENDER AND THE PROWESS ETHIC
81
THE PROWESS ETHIC AND THE PARENT CULTURE
109
THE IMAGE MAKERS
121
PROWESS AND TRANSFORMATION
185
FEMINISM AND THE TOUR
195
CLASS RACE AND THE INCREASING EXCLUSIVITY OF THE TOUR
205
GENDER EQUALITY AND THE LPGA
217
PLAYER PROFILES
227
THE METHODS
237
Intergenerational Class and Occupational Mobility Chart
244
NOTES
247

INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS ON THE TOUR
135
FANS STATUS AND THE GIFT OF GOLF
149
THE CORPORATE IMAGE
175

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Todd W. Crosset is Assistant Professor of Sport Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He was an All-American swimmer at the University of Texas and a North Atlantic Conference Swim Coach of the Year before becoming a sociologist.

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