Date of Award

1994

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.H.K.

Department

Kinesiology

First Advisor

Paraschak, Victoria,

Keywords

Sociology, Individual and Family Studies.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

This study was designed to investigate male athletes' perspectives pertaining to socially constructed "masculinities". Three types of "masculinities" emerged within the sample. The "Integrationist" masculine identity included athletes who participated in both Type "A" or team oriented, collision sports and Type "B" or individually oriented, non-collision sports. These athletes are not afraid to challenge male authority, and support equal opportunity for both female athletes and gay male athletes within organized sports. The "Segregationist" masculine identity consisted primarily of athletes who participated in Type "A" sports. These athletes support deference to male authority and challenge the presence of females within organized sports. In addition, they also condone aggressive and violent behaviour and support the social isolation of female from male athletes. The "Individualist" masculine identity consisted primarily of athletes who participated in Type "B" sports. Like the athletes within the "Integrationist" masculine identity, these athletes support equal opportunity in sport for both female athletes and gay male athletes. However, they also condone aggressive but not violent behaviour, and are not willing to sacrifice their physical well-being for participation when injured. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Kinesiology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1994 .U23. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 34-02, page: 0611. Adviser: Victoria Paraschak. Thesis (M.Hk.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1994.

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