Sporting Masculinity on the Gridiron: Construction, Characteristics and Consequences

Curtis Fogel


This paper draws on interviews with 81 Canadian football players and administrators across junior, university, and professional football, as well as 20 published autobiographies of football players, to examine the development and consequences of sporting masculinity. In this paper, the concept of sporting masculinity is further developed and contrasted with other masculinities, particularly hegemonic masculinity. Various aspects of sporting masculinity in Canadian football are examined such as: the development of a male space, sentiments of superiority both on and off the field, body image issues, playing through pain and injury, analogies of war, and football as a total institution. This paper concludes with a discussion of the dangerous and harmful consequences of sporting masculinity to football players, as well the larger social issues that arise from this identity and the characteristics it can entail. Key words: Sport; Masculinity; Violence; Qualitative ResearchRésumé: Cet article s'appuie sur des entretiens avec 81 joueurs et administrateurs de football canadiens, dans le foot junior, universitaire et professionnel, ainsi que 20 autobiographies publiées par des joueurs de football, pour examiner l'évolution et les conséquences de la masculinité sportive. Dans cet article, le concept de masculinité sportive est développée par contraste avec d’autres formes de masculinité, en particulier la masculinité hégémonique. De divers aspects de la masculinité sportive dans le football canadien sont examinés, tels que le développement d'un espace masculin, les sentiments de supériorité à la fois sur et hors du terrain, les problèmes d'image corporelle, l’épreuve de douleur et de blessures, les analogies de la guerre, et le football comme une institution totale. Cet article se termine par une discussion sur les conséquences dangereuses et néfastes de la masculinité sportive vis-à-vis des joueurs de football, ainsi que de grandes questions sociales qui découlent de cette identité et les caractéristiques qu'elle peut comporter.Mots clés: Sport; Masculinité; La violence; La recherche qualitative

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