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Title: Bowled out of the game: Nationalism and gender equality in Indian cricket
Authors: Gupta, Raadhika
Keywords: India: Gender Inequality: Cricket
Gender Issues-Cricket India
Criket-Gender issues
Issue Date: 31-Dec-2013
Publisher: University of California, New York
Citation: Berkeley Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law, Vol.2 No.1 (2013) 89-120
Abstract: 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.
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