Sport, masculinities, and heteronormativity

Rory Magrath, Eric Anderson

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    Abstract

    Since its foundation in the late-19th century, sport has traditionally been charged with socializing boys and men into an environment in which they are expected to exhibit physical toughness, emotional stoicism, and the rejection of anything deemed to be feminine—including homosexuality. In the 21st century, however, attitudes toward homosexuality and its presence in sport have improved. This chapter draws upon research from a range of sports to outline this shift in attitude. It also discusses dominant theoretical perspectives—hegemonic masculinity theory and inclusive masculinity theory—and how these have evolved over recent years—as well as some of the ongoing debates which pervade the field, including where further research is required.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Sport and Society
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Pages889-906
    Number of pages18
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Sept 2022

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