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.

Homosexuality and Sport: Who's Winning?

Homosexuality and sport: Who's winning?

In this chapter, I attempt to situate the intersections of homosexuality and sport within larger developments in lesbian and gay culture over the last three decades.1 I analyze these developments in the light of debates in lesbian, gay, and queer theories of sexuality and their correlative visions of liberation and freedom, as well as within the empirical context of histories of the lesbian and gay liberation movement.

I confine my comments to social developments in Canada and the United States. This is not to suggest that what I am saying is necessarily inapplicable to other national domains, especially Holland, Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as further reaches of globalized “late” capitalist culture ...

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