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This Sporting Life: The intersection of hegemonic masculinities, space and emotions among rugby players

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Andreas GiazitzogluORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Wiley, 2020.

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Through an ethnographic study of rugby players, this research shows how when men enter a physical space, they are bound by codes that define what sort of masculinities and emotions they 'should' perform in order to denote cultural legitimacy. The paper investigates how different spaces on and off the rugby field influence how different masculinities are performed. Rugby players enact fleeting and relative masculinities as they move in and out of the multiple hyperÔÇÉmasculine spaces they encounter on game day. The codes of masculinity dictated by these different spaces are manifest in the men's bodies and in their emotions.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Giazitzoglu A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Gender, Work and Organization

Year: 2020

Volume: 27

Issue: 1

Pages: 67-81

Print publication date: 06/01/2020

Online publication date: 05/04/2019

Acceptance date: 01/04/2019

Date deposited: 09/04/2019

ISSN (print): 0968-6673

ISSN (electronic): 1468-0432

Publisher: Wiley


DOI: 10.1111/gwao.12367


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