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Intimacy on the Mats and in the Surf

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Clifton EversORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Sage Publications Inc., 2019.

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Based on studies of mixed martial arts and surfing, we argue that an appeal of these physical activities are the intimate and sensual relationships that take place during participation and “downtime” e.g. resting on mats, floating in the sea. Here our participants, men, experience shared vulnerability and emotion. These fleeting instances of care are often missed in emphasizing the traditional performances that dominate sites of masculinity. Yet, these shared intensive moments are important. They are tied to a policing of ‘appropriate’ masculine values and practices but also provide an opening into considering creative negotiations of potentially new possibilities.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Green K, Evers C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Contexts

Year: 2019

Volume: 19

Issue: 2

Pages: 10-15

Print publication date: 01/05/2020

Online publication date: 27/05/2020

Acceptance date: 23/08/2019

Date deposited: 24/09/2019

ISSN (print): 1536-5042

ISSN (electronic): 1537-6052

Publisher: Sage Publications Inc.


DOI: 10.1177%2F1536504220920188


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