What is it about?

This article uses the life of one baseball player to introduce a theory called sport identity.

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Why is it important?

Sport Identity provides a whole new way of exploring the lives and experiences of girls and women. Sport, in this scenario is also a category of analysis that can help understand one's identity.


The concept of sport identity came about as I was trying to make sense of my own life and the role that sport played in creating my identity.

Dr. Kat Williams
Marshall University

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This page is a summary of: Sport: ‘A Useful Category of Historical Analysis’:1Isabel ‘Lefty’ Alvarez: The Rascal of El Cerro, The International Journal of the History of Sport, April 2012, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/09523367.2012.675207.
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