Helen Jefferson Lenskyj Books

Ali Durham Greey

Helen Jefferson Lenskyj

Justice for Trans Athletes: Challenges and Struggles

The last decade has seen significant changes in global attitudes, policies and practices that impact the lives of trans people, but the world of sport has been slow to follow these initiatives.

Contributors to this book document the formidable social-cultural and legal challenges facing trans athletes, particularly girls and women, at the global, national, and local levels, in contexts ranging from school sport to international competition. They demonstrate how proponents of trans exclusion rely on flawed or inconclusive science, selectively employed to support their purported goal of ‘protecting women’s sport’. Politicians in the US, UK, and elsewhere who have shown little interest in women or in sport exploit the issue to advance broader conservative agendas, while hostile mainstream and social media coverage exacerbates the problem.

Bringing insights from sociology, philosophy, science and law, contributors present cogent analyses of these developments and explore the way forward, providing thoughtful and original recommendations for changes to policies and practices that are inclusive, innovative and democratic.

The Olympic Games: A Critical Approach

Do the Olympic Games really live up to their glowing reputation? As the biggest global sport mega-event, the Olympics command public attention, while Olympic mythology obscures their underlying function as a profit-making business. Unlike terms such as ‘Olympic movement’ and ‘Olympic family’, the concept of ‘Olympic industry’ focuses on sport as an economic and political enterprise, with its beneficiaries including sponsors, media rights holders, developers, and politicians. Negative impacts on host cities disproportionately threaten the lives and well-being of disadvantaged minorities. 

Gender, Athletes’ Rights, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport

Disputes over gender, doping, and eligibility in Olympic sport are widely covered in sport studies and in the mainstream media. Less well known are the functions of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), and the threat it poses to athletes’ rights by depriving them of access to their own countries’ court systems. CAS loosely follows the model of international arbitration tribunals. As in forced arbitration outside of sport, employees – in this case, high performance athletes – sign contracts agreeing to arbitration rather than litigation as the sole means of dispute resolution.

Gender Politics and the Olympic Industry

This book explores how the Olympic industry has shaped hegemonic concepts of sporting masculinities and femininities for its own profit and image-making ends, examining its continuing marginalization of athletes on account of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class.

Sexual Diversity and the Sochi 2014 Olympics: No More Rainbows

Do the Olympic Games really live up to This book examines Russia’s 2013 anti-gay laws and their implications for the Sochi 2014 Olympics. Lenskyj argues that Putin’s Russia and the International Olympic Committee wield power in similar ways, as evident in undemocratic governance, fraudulent voting processes, hypocrisy and absence of accountability.

Palgrave Handbook of Olympic Studies

A comprehensive, state-of-the-art reference collection, bringing together an authoritative and international line-up of scholars to examine key social and political issues related to the Olympics. An essential, ‘one-stop’ volume for a wide range of academics, students and researchers.

Olympic Industry Resistance: Challenging Olympic Power and Propaganda

A critical look at the Olympics in the postbribery, post-9/11 era, particularly at consequences for host cities and so-called “Olympic education” for schoolchildren. Scholar and activist Helen Jefferson Lenskyj continues her critique of the Olympic industry, looking specifically at developments in the post-9/11 and postbribery scandal era.

A Lot to Learn: Girls, Women, and Education in the 20th Century

Using sources from women’s history, women’s studies, and critical social theory, Dr. Lenskyj situates two stories – her own and that of her mother – within the broader Australian socio-cultural context from 1900 to 1960.

Out On The Field: Gender Sport and Sexualities

This book provides an in-depth examination of gender, sport and sexualities, an analysis of the limitations of liberal feminist responses, and an exploration of radical feminist alternatives.

The Best Olympics Ever: Social Impacts of Sydney 2000

Uses the Sydney Olympics as a prism through which to explore recent Olympic scandals, media coverage, reform efforts, and controversies.

Inside the Olympic Industry: Power, Politics and Activism

Analysis from the perspective of those adversely affected by the social, economic, political, and environmental impacts of hosting an Olympic Games.

Women Sport and Physical Activity: Selected Research Themes

Available in French and English

Women, Sport, and Physical Activity: Research and Bibliography

Available in French and English

Women, Sport, and Physical Activity: Research and Bibliography Second Edition

Available in French and English

Available in public and university libraries.

Out of Bounds: Women Sport and Sexuality

In Out of Bounds, feminist Helen Lenskyj presents an insightful examination of the links between women’s participation in sports and the control of their reproductive capacity and sexuality. She identifies the female frailty myth, the illusion of male athletic superiority and the concept of compulsory heterosexuality as powerful determinants of “masculinity” and “femininity” in the realm of sport.