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Hoops, nets, and ballots : investigating the relationship between competitive sport socialization and political participation of female candidates

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dc.contributor.advisor Jansen, Harold
dc.contributor.author Coffman, Jeffrey
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-11T17:27:07Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-11T17:27:07Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/2475
dc.description x, 163 leaves ; 29 cm en_US
dc.description.abstract Although more women are successfully breaching the social, economic and political barriers that can prevent them from participating as electoral candidates, few women campaign for elected office. A dearth of female candidates may be understandable, given research demonstrating that women tend to avoid competition and competitive environments. Thus, elections – competitive by design – may attract fewer women than men. This thesis posits that the inherent competitiveness of electoral politics may deter women from campaigning for office. However, this work also forwards that competitive sport socialization during adolescence may prepare women for electoral competition. This paper examines the results of a self-administered survey mailed to 449 female candidates for municipal office. The survey investigated candidates’ adolescent experiences in competitive sports and attitudes relating to internal political efficacy. The results appear to demonstrate a strong correlation between competitive sport socialization and either positive or neutral evaluations of political competition. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Political Science, c2010 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en_US
dc.subject Women -- Political activity en_US
dc.subject Women politicians en_US
dc.subject Women political candidates en_US
dc.subject Competition (Psychology) in adolescence en_US
dc.subject Competition (Psychology) in youth en_US
dc.subject Female high school athletes en_US
dc.subject Female middle school athletes en_US
dc.subject Political participation en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title Hoops, nets, and ballots : investigating the relationship between competitive sport socialization and political participation of female candidates en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Political Science en_US

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