It's more than a game: Little boys, masculinities and football culture

Keddie, Amanda (2003). It's more than a game: Little boys, masculinities and football culture. In: Peter L. Jeffery, AARE 2002: Collection of papers. AARE 2002 International Education Research Conference, Brisbane, Australia, (). 1-5 December 2002.

Author Keddie, Amanda
Title of paper It's more than a game: Little boys, masculinities and football culture
Conference name AARE 2002 International Education Research Conference
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates 1-5 December 2002
Proceedings title AARE 2002: Collection of papers
Place of Publication Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Publisher Australian Association for Research in Education
Publication Year 2003
Sub-type Published abstract
ISSN 1324-9320
Editor Peter L. Jeffery
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Through a description of a study into children's (young males) informal peer group relations this paper illuminates the gender and (hetero)sexual binaries underpinning boys' dominant understandings of masculinity and how these binaries parallel with their understandings of, and investments in, football culture. This paper foregrounds, through a snapshot of the study's data presented as narrative, the significant role football played in providing a vehicle through which the boys could successfully perform, validate and perpetuate a desired masculinity as epitomised by physical dominance and violence within essentialist perceptions of gender and (hetero)sexuality as difference and opposition. Through feminist poststructural analysis which enables a theorising of masculinities as fluid, tenuous and often characterised by contradiction and resistance, the paper argues the importance of interrupting and re-working these understandings and explores practical ways through which these binaries might begin to be deconstructed in the sphere of early primary education. Within a framework of social justice, underpinned by anti-sexist and anti-homophobic principles, ways through which schools can facilitate the development of more affirmative but equally legitimate understandings and embodiments are explored.
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