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Female solidarities in a hostile world? The role of amateur football teams for young women from lower classes in Rio de Janeiro
Young women from lower social strata represent one of the most unprivileged groups in Brazilian society, especially when they are black, indigenous, from North, Northeast or Southeast of Brazil. They are likely to suffer from forms of stigmatization for their social origin, gender and skin color, have smaller educational and professional perspectives and are more likely to be victims to certain illnesses or of domestic violence. In Rio de Janeiro, a growing number of young women from lower class practice amateur football in their free time. The women meet several times per week, for training and football tournaments. Overall, they spend an important part of their leisure time together. The presentation – based on empirical research results of my PhD thesis research – analyzes the role of amateur football practices in the life of young female players. In what way, do football practices and team experiences create new solidarities among the women, which can enhance their chances to overcome difficulties of their daily life? Beside understanding the benefits of collective female sport practices in contexts of social and gender inequalities, the paper argues that amateur football itself represents kind of a ‘hostile’ space for young women, due to a history of discriminations and gender conflicts in Brazilian football.