Accepting Pain and Injury as a Career “Norm” within the Context of a Masculinised Australian Football Subculture

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Hegemonic masculinity is defined as “the configuration of gender practice which
embodies the currently accepted answer to the problem of the legitimacy of patriarchy which guarantees (or is taken to guarantee) the dominant position of men and the subordination of women” (Connell 1995, 77). Previous notions of masculinity have been associated with the “male role” and have included strong links between business, sport, and the media (Connell 2003). Masculinity is impacted on by social and economic conditions, as well as by the altering position of women in society and, as such, is constructed and reconstructed by these definitions and men’s responses to them (Kimmel 1987). Different cultures, as well as different time periods, see masculinities constructed in many ways, and there is, therefore, not one masculinity, but rather multiple masculinities. In addition, more than one masculinity can be identified in the same culture (Connell 1998, 2000, 2010).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCritical Perspectives on Gender and Sport
EditorsCurtis Fogel
PublisherCommon Ground
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781612299969
ISBN (Print)9781612299952, 9781612299945
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameCommon Ground Research Networks: Sport & Society


  • gender and sport
  • sport participation
  • sports media
  • gender identity
  • masculinity
  • gender equity


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