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"Josh Wears Pink Cleats": Inclusive Masculinity on the Soccer Field


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Adams, A., 2011. "Josh Wears Pink Cleats": Inclusive Masculinity on the Soccer Field. Journal of Homosexuality, 58 (5), pp. 579-596.

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Abstract

In this ethnographic research of a college-based soccer team at a large liberal college in Northeast America, I document the existence of more inclusive versions of masculinity that contrast conventional understandings of male teamsport athletes. Using participant observation and 21 in-depth interviews, I show that these men demonstrate metrosexual and inclusive behaviors and attitudes. The styles of masculinity these men enact are more relaxed, liberal, and inclusive; they are well styled, well groomed, gay friendly, and they are emotionally and physically close to other men. They are far removed from the traditional orthodox sporting masculinities of previous generations. Symbolizing their difference, their gendered expressions also extend to the wearing of pink soccer boots (cleats), without homophobic judgment from teammates. I discuss the wearing of pink cleats as a symbolic sociological moment, revealing the changing nature of masculinities among this group of college-based soccer players.

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Item Type Articles
CreatorsAdams, A.
DOI10.1080/00918369.2011.563654
Uncontrolled Keywordsmetrosexuality, inclusive masculinity, sport, masculinity, soccer
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Social & Policy Sciences
RefereedYes
StatusPublished
ID Code24041

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