Bowled out of the game: Nationalism and gender equality in Indian cricket

Gupta, Raadhika (2013) Bowled out of the game: Nationalism and gender equality in Indian cricket. Berkeley Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law, 2 (1). pp. 89-120. ISSN 2167-874X

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This article attempts to explore the connection between Indian nationalism and cricket, and how it contributes to and flows from gender inequality. It argues that men’s cricket constructs a gendered nationalism, further contributing to gender inequality in sports and in society, whereas inclusion of women in cricket can help shape a more inclusive nationalism and promote equality. The article examines the ways in which such inclusion can be achieved, focusing on elite international cricket, the primary constructor of nationalism from a sports perspective. It examines the Indian law on gender equality in sports and other approaches that may promote equality in cricket. Arguing against a single approach based on one feminist theory, the article proposes a pragmatic hybrid approach incorporating both sex segregation and integration in cricket. The final proposal extends to both elite level and lower level cricket, since changing international cricket alone is not sufficient to achieve equality.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: India | Gender Inequality | Cricket | Nationalism
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Gender Studies
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Political Science
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Arjun Dinesh
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2022 14:23
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2022 14:23
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