Body politics: masculinities in sport

Woodward, Kath (2011). Body politics: masculinities in sport. In: Jackson, Ronald L. and Balaji, Murali eds. Global Masculinities and Manhood: What makes a man, within his own culture. Chicago, IL, USA: University of Illinois Press, pp. 202–222.



This chapter explores some of the processes through which embodied masculinities are reproduced and experienced in sport focusing upon the particular example of men's boxing as a social world which has strong associations with enfleshed, traditional masculinities. The chapter brings togetherthe materialities of enbodied practices and cultural and social materialities. The synergies between embodied practices and cultural configurations constitute the persistance of particular forms of masculinities which offer possibilities of incremental change as well as reinstating more traditional narratives of exclusion.

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