When bodies are weapons: Masculinity and violence in Sport

@article{Messner1990WhenBA,
  title={When bodies are weapons: Masculinity and violence in Sport},
  author={Michael A. Messner},
  journal={International Review for the Sociology of Sport},
  year={1990},
  volume={25},
  pages={203 - 220}
}
  • M. Messner
  • Published 1 September 1990
  • Sociology
  • International Review for the Sociology of Sport
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