Men's Talk: A (Pro)feminist Analysis of Male University Football Players’ Discourse

Clayton, Ben and Humberstone, Barbara (2006) Men's Talk: A (Pro)feminist Analysis of Male University Football Players’ Discourse. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 41 (3-4). pp. 295-316. ISSN 1012-6902

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Building on previous discourse analytic studies in the context of male athletic cultures and subcultures, this article uses pro-feminist perspectives to analyse the talk of male university football (soccer) players in the UK. The (re)production of hegemonic masculinity in men’s football has largely been taken for granted in sociology of sport, with very little literature producing actual empirical research to support the claim. The study presents extracts of players’ conversations from the changing room and student bar, and examines the ways in which the men negotiate masculine posi- tional identity and (re)affirm separation from the ‘other’, such as women and gay men. The three most predominant topics of conversation (excluding omnipresent talk about football itself) were identified as academic studies, alcohol consumption, and women. Each extract of the men’s talk was subjected to critical discourse analysis and is discussed in this article in relation to (pro)feminist debates about hegemony and constructions of masculine self.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: academia • discourse analysis • football • masculinity • soccer
Depositing User: RED Unit Admin
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2018 15:50
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2018 10:58

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