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A want or a need? Exploring the role of grassroots gay rugby teams in the context of inclusive masculinity.

Gaston, L and Dixon, L (2019) A want or a need? Exploring the role of grassroots gay rugby teams in the context of inclusive masculinity. Journal of Gender Studies. ISSN 1465-3869

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There is a long history of researching the ways that the roles and conceptualisations of gender and sexuality are entwined within sport (Anderson 2005, 2011b). More recently, there has been an argument within sociology that homophobia is decreasing across Western sports, supposedly reflecting a decline of homophobia across society more generally and crucially, in a way that suggests cultural spaces have been opened up in which ‘inclusive’ conceptualisations of masculinity can be performed (Anderson, 2009, 2011, 2012). This project adds to these debates, by bringing inclusive masculinity theory into conversation with research that has begun to recognise the plurality of (particularly urban) gay spaces for the first time (Ghaziani, 2019). It does so by exploring the motivations behind gay men joining the most recently formed grassroots UK gay rugby team. The findings suggest that whilst players recognise more inclusive masculinities and a decline in homophobia across society more generally, it is in actual fact amongst the gay community itself that difficulties arise. Playing rugby in a gay-friendly team not only offers a safe space to perform inclusive masculinities, but to embody a more inclusive range of homosexualities as well.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Gender Studies on 3/6/2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09589236.2019.1621158
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1608 Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Sport Studies, Leisure & Nutrition (closed 31 Aug 19)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date Deposited: 20 May 2019 08:56
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 09:24
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/09589236.2019.1621158
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10722
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