Establishing and challenging masculinity: The influence of gendered discourses in organized sport.

Adams, A., Anderson, E. and McCormack, M., 2010. Establishing and challenging masculinity: The influence of gendered discourses in organized sport. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 29 (3), 278 -300.

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DOI: 10.1177/0261927X10368833

Abstract

This study examined how coaches and players constructed and regulated masculinity in organized sport. Using participant observation, the authors examined the role of discourses in the construction and regulation of sporting masculinity within a semiprofessional British football (soccer) team. Two predominant discourses were present: (a) masculinity establishing discourse and (b) masculinity challenging discourse—heuristic tools to understand the use of toxic language in the construction and maintenance of masculinity. Coaches frequently used discourses that drew on narratives of war, gender, and sexuality to facilitate aggressive and violent responses for enhancing athletic performance. However, the authors also found that these discourses have limited influence beyond the playing field, highlighting the segmentation of the sporting and social identities of these players and a loosening of the traditional and empirically evidenced ability of sports to socialize men into narrow forms of masculinity.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0261-927X
Uncontrolled Keywords:heteromasculinity; masculinity; hegemony; football; soccer; discourse
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:26218
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:17 Jan 2017 09:59
Last Modified:17 Jan 2017 09:59

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