Physical education, sport and hyper-masculinity in schools

Hickey, Chris 2008, Physical education, sport and hyper-masculinity in schools, Sport, education and society, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 147-161.

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Title Physical education, sport and hyper-masculinity in schools
Author(s) Hickey, Chris
Journal name Sport, education and society
Volume number 13
Issue number 2
Start page 147
End page 161
Total pages 15
Publisher Carfax
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2008-05
ISSN 1357-3322
1470-1243
Keyword(s) masculinity
physical education
sport
schools
Summary Among widening social anxieties about practices and performances of contemporary masculinity are questions about the place of hyper-masculine (contact) sports, such as games of football. Foremost are concerns about some of the values and attitudes that appear to circulate within such contexts. With their historical leaning towards character attributes aligned to hardness, solidarity and stoicism, there is growing pressure on coaches and teachers to manage and mediate the participation of young males in this arena. Against this backdrop, this paper explores some of the tensions that emerge in schools when the codes and mores frequently associated with a hyper-masculine sporting identity are seen to flourish. Foremost here is the emergence of cultures of entitlement, abuse and exclusion. Following the illumination of such cultures across three research narratives, this paper discusses the sorts of reforms that are needed to promote more educative and responsible engagement with hyper-masculine sports in, and beyond, schools.
Language eng
Field of Research 130308 Gender
Socio Economic Objective 939904 Gender Aspects of Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30018008

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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