Exploring the more sophisticated and nuanced perspective in the era of sports dominance in America, athletics have become both a metaphor and reality of American masculinity. Edited by three of the leading scholars at the intersection of masculinity and sports studies, this volume offers a fascinating articulation on the state of athletics in modern society. Each part of this volume examines a significant arena and tackles some of the most deeply rooted issues within the field of sports. From the mechanisms by which masculinity is interwoven into sports, to the violence encoded within the field, this book provides an insiders look at the state of gender relations being contested and transformed.

After the War? Soccer, Masculinity, and Violence in Northern Ireland

After the war? Soccer, masculinity, and violence in Northern Ireland
ALANBAIRNER

As hopes for peace in Northern Ireland rise, there is an urgent need to discuss what kind of society can emerge after almost 30 years of conflict. Will violence persist albeit in a changed context? Or will violent energies be channeled into less harmful activities? One potential outlet is sport although the evidence of the past would suggest that it is as likely to contribute to a continuation of violence as to its eradication. Indeed, I shall argue in this article that, far from playing a role as aggression-displacer, sport in Northern Ireland, and specifically sport spectatorship, feeds hegemonic masculinity which, in turn, can reflect and ...

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