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dc.contributor.advisorReid, Irene A-
dc.contributor.advisorJasper, Alison E-
dc.contributor.authorSpice, Robyn Charlotte-
dc.description.abstractThis research explored the importance of the ideal female body and gender stereotypes amongst a group of female free weights users in a fitness facility in Scotland. Utilising principles of ethnography, information was initially gathered through working as a participant-as-observer to identify different female free weights users within the facility. From this, as well as using a gatekeeper and snowball sampling, twenty women took part in one-to-one interviews. Different groups of women were interviewed including: those training in the free weights areas to aid their sporting performance, for health or aesthetic reasons and those preparing for physique competitions. Interviews focused on the women’s use of the free weights areas, perceptions of their own bodies and their opinions on the ideal female body as well as their interpretations of the concepts femininity, masculinity and muscularity. The unique narrative of each woman was critically analysed with reference to social construction feminism. Whilst interviews were the main data collection technique for this research, participant observation and informal conversations within the free weights areas also informed the findings of this study. The motivations behind women taking part in weight training are presented. Interviewees’ definitions of the ideal female body are explored and the significance of this body is discussed. Factors influencing the women’s definitions of the ideal body are also examined. The impact of social media on participants’ use of the free weights areas is analysed. The women’s perceptions of the terms masculinity, femininity and muscularity are considered alongside how these perceptions affected their training within the free weights areas.en_GB
dc.publisherUniversity of Stirlingen_GB
dc.subjectWeight Trainingen_GB
dc.subjectPhysical Activityen_GB
dc.subjectIdeal Bodyen_GB
dc.subjectSocial Normen_GB
dc.subjectSocial Constructionen_GB
dc.subjectBody Imageen_GB
dc.subject.lcshWomen athletesen_GB
dc.subject.lcshBody imageen_GB
dc.subject.lcshFree weightsen_GB
dc.subject.lcshWeight training for womenen_GB
dc.titleStrong is the new slim: a study of the body and gender amongst female free weights usersen_GB
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen_GB
dc.type.qualificationnameMaster of Philosophyen_GB
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