Maria Hybholt

Maria Hybholt

Assistant Professor, Associate Professor

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    Primary fields of research

    I study societal issues in relation to women's everyday life and physical activity - particularly with a focus on emotions, bodies, menopause, time pressure and health promotion. I am theoretically inspired by process sociology, sociology of emotions, sociology of the body and interactionism. I use qualitative methods (individual interviews, focus groups and observation) in my research. My research includes the following topics:

    • The significance of menopause for women's bodies and self-presentations.
    • Women's emotions and their management in relation to physical activity.     
    • Body ideals and embodiment through women's lives.      
    • The influence of health-promoting norms for women.
    • Time bind and management within women's everyday life

    Current research

    At the moment, I am working on two projects:

    Women in Healthy Transition. An interdisciplinary research project which examines women's menopause by following women before, during and after menopause. The project is financed by Sygesikring "danmark", 2021-2026.

    The time-pressed everyday life – the importance of work, family and leisure for a physically active lifestyle among women. A micro sociological study that investigates how physical (in)activity affects the everyday life of middle-aged women. The project is financed by the Ministry of Culture, Denmark, 2018-2020.

    I am a member of the research group Sociological Research in Sport and Exercise (SoRSE).


    I teach and supervise within the field of social sciences of sport and related topics at bachelor's and master's level. Primarily within the following areas:

    • Sport, body and media (bachelor course) which introduces several sociological perspectives, including Elias, Foucault, Goffman and Lupton.
    • Microsociology (lectures at master's level)       
    • General introductory sports theories with sociological relevance
    • Qualitative methods

    Selected publications

    1. Published

      Psychological and social health outcomes of physical activity around menopause: A scoping review of research

      Hybholt, Maria, 2022, In: Maturitas. 164, p. 88-97 10 p.

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    2. Published

      Exercise in the time bind of work and family. Emotion management of personal leisure time among middle-aged Danish women

      Hybholt, Maria, Ottesen, Laila Susanne & Thing, L. F., 2022, In: Leisure Studies. 41, 2, p. 231-246 16 p.

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    3. Published

      The rationalization of leisure time - the scarcity of emotional excitement in a health promoting exercise intervention for women

      Hybholt, Maria & Thing, L. F., 2019, In: Annals of Leisure Research. 22, 4, p. 532-549 18 p.

      Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

    4. Published

      Middle Aged Men in Lycra and the performative irony of watching Tour de France

      Wagner, Ulrik, Frydendal, S. & Hybholt, Maria, 22 Oct 2023, In: Communication and Sport. 11, 6, p. 1102-1120

      Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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