Racial folklore, black masculinities and the reproduction of dominant racial ideologies: The case of Israel Folau

Keith Parry, Jamie Cleland, Emma Kavanagh

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Abstract

This article examines the continued presence of racial folklore and the reproduction of dominant racial ideologies as presented by the media and fan interactions. The case of Israel (Izzy) Folau’s time at the Greater Western Sydney Giants Australian football club is presented, utilising an analysis of the club’s email communications, media coverage, and discussions by sports fans on online message boards. The analysis identifies the significance of the player’s racialised body in constructions of masculinity and the extent to which it plays a role in the acceptance (or not) of an athlete. The article concludes that narratives that are constructed around athletes are fluid and often change over time or in response to sporting performances or other external influences such as a change of team.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Review for the Sociology of Sport
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2019

Keywords

  • Australian football
  • Pacific Islander
  • ethnicity
  • masculinity
  • message boards
  • race
  • racial ideology
  • sport

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