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LAURENCE DE GARIS

In: Masculinities, Gender Relations, and Sport

Chapter 6: “Be a Buddy to Your Buddy”: Male Identity, Aggression, and Intimacy in a Boxing Gym

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“Be a Buddy to Your Buddy”: Male Identity, Aggression, and Intimacy in a Boxing Gym
“Be a buddy to your buddy”: Male identity, aggression, and intimacy in a boxing gym
LAURENCE DEGARIS

Boxing has been represented as a powerful metaphor for (Early, 1994) or symbol of (Oates, 1995) masculinity. However, the role of gender relations is conspicuously absent in most previous empirical research on boxing culture (Hare, 1973; Sugden, 1987; Weinberg & Arond, 1969). Where gender relations are mentioned, they are dismissed matter-of-factly, as if no explanation is needed (Wacquant, 1992). To the contrary, gender relations in boxing culture are not unitary and self-explanatory. Rather, gender identities in boxing culture are historically diverse and actively negotiated and interpreted, with significant variations in subjective experiences.

Therefore, this chapter questions the ...

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