BOYHOOD, ORGANIZED SPORTS, AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF MASCULINITIES

@article{Messner1990BOYHOODOS,
  title={BOYHOOD, ORGANIZED SPORTS, AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF MASCULINITIES},
  author={Michael A. Messner},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary Ethnography},
  year={1990},
  volume={18},
  pages={416 - 444}
}
  • M. Messner
  • Published 1 January 1990
  • Sociology, Education
  • Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
This article is based on in-depth interviews with 30 male former athletes of different race and class. I use feminist theories of the social construction of gender to explore the relationship between the construction of masculine identity and boyhood participation in organized sports. I examine family, peer group, and community relationships as key contexts within which young males become committed to athletic careers. I argue that organized sports are initially experienced as a context in… 
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