Negotiating masculinities via the moral problematization of sport

Richard G. Pringle, Christopher Hickey

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Researchers have raised concerns about the construction of dangerous/problematic masculinities within sporting fratriarchies1. Yet little is known about how male sport enthusiasts-critical of hypermasculine performances-negotiate their involvement in sport. Our aim was to examine how males negotiated sporting tensions and how these negotiations shaped their (masculine) selves. We drew on Foucault (1992) to analyze how interviewees problematized their respective sport culture in relation to the sexualization of females, public drunkenness and excessive training demands. Results illustrated how the interviewees produced selves, via the moral problematization of sport, that rejected the values or moral codes of hypermasculinity in attempts to create ethical masculinities. We suggest that a proliferation of techniques of self that resist hypermasculine forms of subjection could be one form of ethical response to the documented problems surrounding masculinities and sport.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-138
Number of pages24
JournalSociology of Sport Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • masculinity
  • ethics
  • Foucault
  • sport

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