Title

White shoes, white socks: The coach-athlete relationship in constructing masculinities.

Date of Award

2004

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.H.K.

Department

Kinesiology

First Advisor

Holman, M.

Keywords

Education, Physical.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

Masculinity as an element of men's identity is socially constructed and hegemonically legitimized. The literature postulates that sport is an institution, which helps reinforce and privilege a white heterosexual hegemonic form of masculinity. The primary purpose of this research was to examine the role of the male basketball coach in the construction of his athlete's masculine identity. A theoretical framework based on social construction and hegemony was used to examine the influences of power, sexuality, and race in the formation of men's masculine identity within basketball. This qualitative study which offers a unique Canadian perspective on men's university basketball highlights the relationships between various men as they sculpt their ideals of masculinity, influenced by the culture of basketball. The athletes' experiences reinforce that various hegemonic practices are played out to create a hierarchical system which distributes power and privilege to those who conform to the institutionalized ideals of masculinity. These institutionalized ideals, historically constructed by heterosexual middle-class white males who govern basketball, are symbolized through "white shoes and white socks, please." (Abstract shortened by UMI.) Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2003 .W56. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 43-01, page: 0037. Adviser: Margery Holman. Thesis (M.H.K.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2004.