Constraints to Pickup Basketball Participation among Chinese American Women

Suiwen (Sharon) Zou, David Scott

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This study examined Chinese American women's leisure experience within the context of male- and African/White American-dominated pickup basketball. Participants, who were serious basketball players, encountered numerous constraints unique to their identities as Asian females, and these were inexorably linked to how pickup basketball is organized in the United States. While some informants stopped playing basketball because of constraints, others developed ingenious negotiation strategies to combat constraints and to maintain participation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-325
Number of pages19
JournalLeisure Sciences
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 3 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Chinese American women
  • leisure constraints
  • negotiation
  • pickup basketball

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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