Master of Arts (MA)
Latin American Studies (Arts and Sciences)
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Eric C. Brown
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.
Women's soccer; College soccer; Brazil; Gender discrimination; Stigma; Presumed Sexual Orientation
Wakefield, Mandeville Anne, "Comparing Brazilian College Soccer Players’ Lived-Experiences in Brazil and the United States: An Examination of the Relationship between Gender, Sport, and Location" (2019). Open Access Theses. 779.