The aim of this chapter is to analyse issues surrounding masculinities, heteronormativity and homophobia in sport, using queer theory as a theoretical framework. To achieve this, case-study data from four student unions across the UK is drawn upon. The case-studies included focus groups with student union officers, and a combination of focus groups and individual interviews with LGBT+ students. Regarding the students, some were currently involved in or had previous experience of playing university-based sport, with others having no experience, generating a range of views and experiences. Findings are separated into three sections: the influence of heteronormative language-use on inclusive sport environments, students’ experiences of ‘lad culture,’ and heteronormative perceptions of sport which may deter students from participating in the first instance. This data suggests there are still issues to be resolved in the university-based sport context to make it more inclusive. Despite this, more subtle forms of discrimination (including heteronormativity) are argued to be difficult to challenge due to their normalized and naturalized status. Regardless, this chapter is uniquely placed to address the existing deficit regarding inclusion in university-based sports, particularly considering student union officers’ perceptions and experiences, alongside those from LGBT+ students.
|Title of host publication||Palgrave Handbook of Masculinity in Sport|
|Editors||Rory Magrath, Jamie Cleland, Eric Anderson|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publisher||Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|