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Masculinities, Gender Relations, and Sport

Masculinities, Gender Relations, and Sport

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  • Jim McKay - Australia, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Australia
  • Michael A. Messner - University of Southern California, USA, Sociology, University of Southern California, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
  • Donald Sabo - D’Youville College, Sociology, USA, Sociology, D'Youville College

May 2000 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

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 the 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.

Michael S Kimmel
Jim McKay, Michael A Messner and Don Sabo
Sudying Sport, Men and Masculinities from Feminist Standpoints
Cynthia A Hasbrook and Othello Harris
Wrestling with Gender
Physicality and Masculinities Among Inner-City First and Second Graders

Stephan R Walk
Moms, Sisters, and Ladies
Women Student Trainers in Men's Intercollegiate Sport

Shari Lee Dworkin and Faye Linda Wachs
The Morality/Masculinity Paradox
Masculinity, Sport, and the Media

Alan M Klein
Dueling Machos
Masculinity and Sport in Mexican Baseball

Laurence De Garis
`Be a Buddy to your Buddy'
Male Identity, Aggression and Intimacy in a Boxing Gym

Kevin Young and Philip White
Researching Sports Injury
Reconstructing Dangerous Masculinities

Don Sabo, Philip M Gray and Linda A Moore
Domestic Violence and Televised Athletic Events
`It's a Man Thing'

Todd Crosset
Athletic Affiliation and Violence Against Women
Toward a Structural Prevention Project

Timothy Jon Curry
Booze and Bar Fights
A Journey to the Dark Side of College Athletics

Alan Bairner
After the War? Soccer, Masculinity, and Violence in Northern Ireland
Suzanne Laberge and Mathieu Albert
Conceptions of Masculinity and Gender Transgressions in Sport Among Adolescent Boys
Hegemony, Contestation, and the Social Class Dynamic

Brian Pronger
Homosexuality and Sport
Who's Winning?

David Rowe, Jim McKay, and Toby Miller
Panic Sport and the Racialized Masculine Body
Michele D Dunbar
Dennis Rodman-Do You Feel Feminine Yet?
Black Masculinity, Gender Transgression, and Reproductive Rebellion on MTV


Really great book which explores a number of masculinities topics in the sporting environment. A substancial number of our students explore violence and masculinities for their dissertations and this has been passed on as Core for their work in addition to essential reading on all sports sociology modules that include gender and deviance.

Mr Adam White
Sports Science, St Mary's University, Twickenham
February 7, 2015

A seminal text in the area of masculinities and sport! This will be adopted.

Dr Chris Morriss-Roberts
School of Health Professions, Brighton University
May 7, 2014

This is a clear and thoughtfully comprised book. McKay demonstrates not only a thorough understanding of the complex socio-cultural issues that confound the discipline, but also, a genuine sensibility toward and sensitivity about how these influence athletes' lives, experiences and identities and the sport industry writ large. His use of a range of novel examples from a variety of different context should certainly be appreciated by contemporary sport studies students.

This book is certainly a very accessible text for pre-degree and first and second year undergraduate students.
Unfortunately, given the plethora of book currently on the market, and more constantly emerging, McKay's work may not be afforded the attention or recognition it deserves.

Dr Geoffery Kohe
Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, Worcester University
March 6, 2012

A useful collection of papers which, while a little dated now, still hold relevance in ongoing debates surrounding masculinities and sports culture.

Dr Alexander Channon
Department of Secondary Education, Greenwich University
January 17, 2012

impressive book. deal with the main issues of the subjuct

Dr Ilan Tamir
Department of Political Science, Bar-Ilan University
August 8, 2011

A key text in understanding and applying gender in sports studies. Varied practical examplars from authors makes for interesting and critical reading. When the sociological content of the courses expands at Hartpury I will recommend further.

Mr James Brighton
Department of sport and Outdoor Education, Hartpury College
April 12, 2010

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