'Imagine, a man playing netball!': Masculinities and sport in New Zealand

Tagg, Brendon (2008) 'Imagine, a man playing netball!': Masculinities and sport in New Zealand. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 43 4: 409-430. doi:10.1177/1012690208099875

Author Tagg, Brendon
Title 'Imagine, a man playing netball!': Masculinities and sport in New Zealand
Journal name International Review for the Sociology of Sport   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1012-6902
Publication date 2008-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1012690208099875
Volume 43
Issue 4
Start page 409
End page 430
Total pages 22
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This article provides a textual analysis of selected media representations of men's netballers in New Zealand, an analysis of interviews with members of the Otago men's netball team, and a brief description of the author's participant-observation research in this area. The article discusses and challenges stereotypical representations of men who play netball ĝ€" a sport originally designed specifically for women, and historically dominated by women ĝ€" as either effeminate or gay cross-dressers. While the idea that men's netballers are perverse 'gender-benders' remains widespread, the increasing popularity of social mixed-gender netball, combined with the determined efforts of established men's netballers, is beginning to challenge popular preconceptions. Men's netball provides recreational opportunities for both men who subscribe to hegemonic definitions of masculinity and for men who espouse more marginalized masculinities. Some evidence even suggests that despite altercations between homophobic Otago players and 'queer' players from other teams during the 1990s, men's netball has actually provided opportunities for some players to challenge homophobia.
Keyword Gender
New Zealand
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Social Science Publications
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