A Study on the Life of Female Taekwondo Referee
Jeon, Nan-Hee* (Dankook University)
This study was conducted to examine various life paths that female Taekwondo referees experience
and explore its meanings. To achieve this purpose, this study targeted seven female Taekwondo
Gyeorugi referees for in-depth interviews. The collected data were analyzed through case records
and inductive category analysis. The study findings are as follows. First: joyful experiences of female
Taekwondo referees were classified into two categories: improvement in professionalism as a referee
and recognition from people. Second, anger-inducing experiences of female Taekwondo referees were
classified into gender discrimination in favor of male referees and grouping among referees. Third,
sorrowful experiences of female Taekwondo referees were classified into two categories: stress from
role conflicts, and those disappointment with compensation. Fourth, pleasurable experiences of female
Taekwondo referees were categorized as getaway from household work and networking with fellow
referees. As previously mentioned, female Taekwondo referees, as a few among the many males
in this role, face a variety of experiences of joy, anger, sorrow and pleasure. Female Taekwondo
referees sometimes live with difficulties and sadness. And it is exposed both inside and outside the
stadium. Nevertheless, female referees are able to persevere because they regard positive experiences
higher than negative ones. Together with a firm faith and sense of duty regarding the sport, they
feel dignity and pride as female referees.
Keywords: female, Taekwondo, referee, life
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