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.

Studying Sport, Men, and Masculinities from Feminist Standpoints

Studying Sport, Men, and Masculinities from Feminist Standpoints

Studying sport, men, and masculinities from feminist standpoints

A decade ago, Sport, Men and the Gender Order: Critical Feminist Perspectives (Messner & Sabo, 1990) built on a framework developed by feminist analyses of women and sport to demonstrate the fundamental importance of gender in men's sports. Nearly two decades of feminist studies of women and sport had demonstrated the fundamental importance of gender as a category of analysis (e.g., Birrell, 1978; Duquin, 1978; Felshin, 1974; Greendorfer, 1978; Hall 1978, 1988; Hargreaves, 1994; Harris, 1972; Lenskyj, 1986; Oglesby, 1978; Theberge, 1987). Yet, with the exception of a few writings on masculinity and sport that had appeared earlier (Dunning & Sheard, 1979; Sabo & Runfola, 1980), gender was conspicuously absent ...

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