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.

Panic Sport and the Racialized Masculine Body

Panic Sport and the Racialized Masculine Body

Panic sport and the racialized masculine body

The Politics of Sporting Bodies

With the advent of consumer capitalism and what might loosely be called postmodern culture, human bodies have become an increasingly visible locus of personal needs and desires. By the manipulation of general appearance, adoption of fashion codes, bodily adornment, calculated nutrition, physical conditioning regimes, and so on, the projection of body images into the social realm has taken on renewed (although hardly unprecedented) importance (Featherstone, Hep worth, & Turner, 1991; Kirk, 1993; Shilling, 1993). Human bodies also constitute a site of struggle over symbolic and material rewards between dominant and subordinate groups. Ultimately, social control is exercised through direct bodily coercion or the threat of it, or by ...

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