This volume brings together studies from various disciplines of the social sciences and humanities ( anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, history and literary theory) that shed light on the equestrian world as a historically gendered and highly dynamic field of contemporary sport and culture.
Dr. Miriam Adelman is Professor of Sociology at the Universidade Federal do Parana (Curitiba, Brazil) where she has taught since 1992. Much of her professional career has been devoted to the implementation and development of gender studies at that institution, where she co-founded the Gender Studies (Research) Nucleus and has worked, together with colleagues, in developing a curriculum in the social sciences and humanities that incorporates a gender lens. She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on themes such as feminist theory and contemporary sociology and gendered bodies and subjectivities, including several articles on women in equestrian sports, a subject which she has been researching for more than 10 years (Cf. ADELMAN, M. Women who ride: Constructing Identities and Corporealities Equestrian Sports in Brazil . In: Grenier-Torres, Chrystelle. L' identite genre au coeur des transformations: Du corps sexue au corps genre. Paris : L' Harmattan. 2010; ADELMAN, M. e MORAES, F.A. Breaking their way in: Women Jockeys at the Racetrack in Brazil . In: SEGAL, Marcia and DEMOS, Vasilikie. Advanced Studies in Gender Research. No. 12 Bingley (UK) Emerald.2008) . In 2009, she published the book, A voz e a escuta: encontros e desencontros entre a teoria feminista e a sociologia contemporanea [The voice and the listener: feminist theory and contemporary sociology] (Sao Paulo: Editora Blucher) She is co-editor and contributor to a volume on gender and film, Mulheres, homens, olhares e cenas [Women, men, gazes and scenes] (Curitiba: Editora da UFPR, 2011).