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College of Wooster

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Spring 2014

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Samoa: Pacific Communities and Social Change


In Samoa, female athletics are shaped by a variety of factors such as gender issues, health, and the interaction of sports with education and family obligations. This paper explores the experiences of Samoan female athletes in order to identify strengths and weaknesses of sports in Samoa. Surveys, interviews, and observations were used to collect data about women in sports. Cultural constructs such as fa’samoa and education expectations help and hinder athletic experiences of Samoan women. Gender inequality also proves to be an issue, preventing women from participating in sports. Despite shortcomings of athletics in Samoa, women enjoy playing sports because of the health benefits, as well as the enjoyment of participating in physical activity. By recognizing flaws and strengths in Samoan athletics, improvements for future women can begin to be obtained.


Women's Studies


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