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Author Anderson, Eric.

Title In the game : gay athletes and the cult of masculinity / Eric Anderson.

Publication Info. Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, [2005]


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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 208 pages).
Series SUNY series on sport, culture, and social relations
SUNY series on sport, culture, and social relations.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-197) and index.
Contents Introduction -- Overview -- Outline -- 1. Warming up -- The links between sport and homophobia -- Methods -- 2. Sport, masculinity, and hegemonic oppression -- One athlete's story : Dale, high school football player -- Masculinity as hegemonic oppression -- Masculine capital, orthodox masculinity, and hegemonic masculinity -- Maintaining masculinity : homophobia at work -- Hegemonic masculinity in school culture -- Problematizing sport culture -- Sporting hegemony and gay athletes -- 3. The relationship between gay athletes and sport -- One athlete's story : Aaron, closeted NHL player -- The relationship between gay athletes and sport -- Gay athletes : challenging masculine domination -- Representation of gay athletes in sport -- 4. Systems of masculine reproduction -- One athlete's story : Terry, retired closeted NFL player -- The structure of sport -- Sport as a near-total institution -- Sport as a gender-segregated institution -- Sport as a closed-loop institution -- 5. Coming out in sport -- One athlete's story : Blake, high school basketball player -- Fear of coming out -- Coming out in sport -- Feelings of liberation -- Reverse relative deprivation -- Homophobic discourse -- The evolving coming out story -- 6. Mitigating gay stigma -- One athlete's story : Bob, collegiate track star -- Using masculine capital to mitigate the stigma of being gay -- Increasing masculine capital through performance -- The effect of masculine capital on coming out -- Adopting all other tenets of orthodox masculinity -- 7. Don't ask, don't tell : resisting a culture of gay athleticism -- One athlete's story : John, high school basketball player -- Don't ask, Don't tell -- The prise of don't ask, don't tell -- 8. Factors that influence acceptance -- One team's story : the Troubadours cheerleading team -- Factors that influence homosexual acceptance -- The coach -- Social support networks -- Institutional attitudes -- The intersectionality of race and coming out -- Nature and origin of the sport -- Other factors -- 9. The center of masculine production : gay athletes in professional sports -- One athlete's story : Steven, closeted NFL player -- Professional sports -- The relationship between professional athletes and homosexuality -- Professional-sized fear -- Professional pressure -- Gay athletes and the sport-media complex -- The employer -- Cracking the center -- 10. Doing something about it -- Research findings -- Factors in a positive coming out experience -- How to come out to your team -- Avoiding the bisexual trap -- After coming out -- Dealing with uncomfortable situations -- On being attracted to your teammates-- When things don't go well -- The importance of comebacks -- Specific issues for gay coaches -- Handling the privacy issue -- Warming down.
Summary Publisher description: Using interviews with openly gay and closeted team-sport athletes, Eric Anderson examines how homophobia is reproduced in sport, how gay male athletes navigate this, and how American masculinity is changing. By detailing individual experiences, Anderson shows how these athletes are emerging from their athletic closets and contesting the dominant norms of masculinity. From the locker rooms of high school sports, where the atmosphere of "don't ask, don't tell" often exists, to the unique circumstances that gay athletes encounter in professional team sports, this book analyzes the agency that openly gay athletes possess to change their environments.
Note Print version record.
Subject Gay athletes.
Masculinity in sports.
Sports -- Social aspects.
Homophobia in sports.
SPORTS & RECREATION -- Business Aspects.
GAMES -- Gambling -- Sports.
TRAVEL -- Special Interest -- Sports.
Gay athletes. (OCoLC)fst00939061
Homophobia in sports. (OCoLC)fst00959747
Masculinity in sports. (OCoLC)fst01201127
Sports -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst01130525
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Anderson, Eric. In the game. Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, ©2005 0791465349 0791465330 (DLC) 2004021367 (OCoLC)57515594
ISBN 1423744241 (electronic bk.)
9781423744245 (electronic bk.)
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