Teachers' stories: physical education teachers' constructions and experiences of masculinity within secondary school physical education

Adam White, Michael Hobson

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Abstract

Physical education (PE) and sport have traditionally been identified by scholars as a key mechanism for the production and reproduction of a culturally esteemed ideal of masculinity, premised upon being stoic, strong, competitive, sexist and homophobic. Yet, more recent research reflects a change in valued masculinity as a response to declining cultural homohysteria. As such, this preliminary study looks to establish how PE teachers understand and construct masculinities within the educational environment. Through in-depth interviews, we find participants recognised many elements of softer masculinities, described in inclusive masculinities literature, as being performed by contemporary teenagers. This includes being emotionally open, embracing a more effeminate taste in dress and being increasingly physically tactile. However, we also found that the PE teachers have a cohort variance in their masculine values, with those socialised in sport through the 1980s showing the most orthodox and oppressive views.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSport, Education and Society
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Publication statusPublished - 19 Nov 2015

Keywords

  • Inclusive masculinities
  • Physical education
  • Sport
  • Teachers

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