Publication Date

2019-08-06

Availability

Open access

Embargo Period

2019-08-06

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Latin American Studies (Arts and Sciences)

Date of Defense

2019-07-05

First Committee Member

William Pestle

Second Committee Member

Justin Stoler

Third Committee Member

Eric C. Brown

Abstract

The present research serves as a pilot study, addressing the lived experiences of male and female Brazilian soccer players who play (or have played) college soccer in the United States. Specifically, it examines how these athletes perceive gender-based support in Brazil and in the U.S. We administered a quantitative study by means of an online survey in order to conduct this research. Our results indicate a few recurrent themes, including differing perceptions of community support for different sports based on gender and location, contradicting results on participants’ perceptions of gender discrimination, perceived presumed sexual orientation, participants responses to questions regarding a hypothetical future child. We discuss the public health significance of these findings, and we also suggest a theoretical framework for addressing these issues. A recommendation for further study is enclosed.

Keywords

Women's soccer; College soccer; Brazil; Gender discrimination; Stigma; Presumed Sexual Orientation

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