chapter  1
Queering theories of sexuality in sport studies
ByHEATHER SYKES
Pages 20

Queer theory necessarily resists any straightforward definition, yet it is possible to trace the emergence of central queer theories and theorists during the past two decades. Queer theory refuses the notion of sexual identity per se and therefore expands well beyond issues facing lesbians and gay men in sport. Research influenced by queer theory alters how researchers and students in Sport Studies approach issues of embodiment, health and the body in sporting contexts. In this chapter I suggest how queer theory’s critique of sexual identity and postmodernism’s suspicion towards fundamental truths and categories might alter how we think about sexuality, desire and the body in Sport Studies.