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Queering Indoor Swimming in the UK: Transgender and Non-binary wellbeing.

Caudwell, J., 2022. Queering Indoor Swimming in the UK: Transgender and Non-binary wellbeing. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 46 (4), 338-362.

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DOI: 10.1177/01937235211043648


This paper draws from a research project that was initiated in 2017 and continued in to 2020. It followed on from previous University-LGBT + community projects (e.g., football versus homophobia 2012–2018) and involved working with a local transgender social group, specifically, their engagement with once-a-month recreational swim sessions. The research findings that are discussed come from sixty-three research participant’s ‘drawings’, three focus groups including a professionally drawn illustration of two of these focus groups, and nine semi-structured interviews. The analysis of the qualitative data demonstrates the significance of play and pleasure, feeling free, and transgender and non-binary imaginations to physical activity participation, and wellbeing. These three themes are presented through the lens of queer/queering and transfeminism. As such, the paper has two aims: to document the experiences of physical activity by an often-excluded group; and to evaluate the concept of queering to an understanding of indoor recreational swimming and wellbeing.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:transgender, non-binary, indoor swimming, wellbeing, queer/queering, transfeminism
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:36250
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:17 Nov 2021 09:37
Last Modified:25 Jan 2023 12:28


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