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.

“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

“Be a buddy to your buddy”: Male identity, aggression, and intimacy in a boxing gym

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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