Football culture in an Australian school setting: The construction of masculine identity.

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Title Football culture in an Australian school setting: The construction of masculine identity.
Author Burgess, Ian Clifford; Edwards, Allan Llewellyn; Skinner, James
Journal Name Sport Education and Society Journal
Editor John Evans
Year Published 2003
Place of publication UK
Publisher Carfax Publishing
Abstract This paper argues that teenage males draw variously on signifying contexts in football to construct their understandings of who they 'are'. As such, football is a widely revered human activity that is strongly implicated in the construction of masculine identity. By examining how football has evolved as a site of controlled masculinity, and how involvement in football is imbued with a dominant set of meanings about what constitutes a 'normal' male, this article will indicate how identity formation for young males is a precarious process. Furthermore, by drawing predominantly on the research of Burgess [(1992) TGs, dags and normals: the construction of masculinity in a ruling-class school (unpublished honours thesis, Griffith University, Brisbane); (1998) Struggle and performance: the construction and identity for teenage males (unpublished PhD thesis, Griffith University, Gold Coast)], in an Australian school setting, it will illustrate that for teenage males there is a seductive resonance in the narrative that violence and toughness in football is indicative of a natural predisposition in 'real' males. Contrary to popular belief though, performances of toughness and violence in sport are not evidence of a preexisting masculine condition but are the constituents of a reiterative process that equates sporting prowess with a particular typology of self. Consequently, involvement in sport is not a guarantee of an oppressive presentation of self, but sport's signifying logic makes such a presentation of self a realisable and accessible option.
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Volume 8
Issue Number 2
Edition 2003
Page from 199
Page to 212
ISSN 1357-3322
Date Accessioned 2004-03-23
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute For Tourism
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject PRE2009-Sociology
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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