Bachelor of Arts
School or Department
Sociology – Inequality and Social Justice
Faculty Mentor Department
Tabletop gaming, gender, empowering, gender rolls, Dungeons and Dragons
Sociology of Culture
In this article, the author examines the gendered experiences of twelve women who play Dungeons and Dragons, a popular roleplaying tabletop game. The author utilizes Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann’s concept of the excursion to analyze how participants use roleplay in Dungeons and Dragons to achieve empowerment. Many of the women interviewed described being subjected to gendered behavioral expectations both in their everyday life and during gameplay. With an empowering gaming group, however, roleplay allowed the participants to challenge, and subvert, those gendered expectations. The author concludes that roleplay provides an empowering excursion from everyday life that allows women participants to deal with frustration about gendered treatment and challenge institutional gender roles.
Honors College Research Project
Just, Rachel M., "“Are There Any Girls There?” Empowering Excursions and Gender Role Subversion in Dungeons and Dragons" (2016). Undergraduate Theses and Professional Papers. 126.
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