Twelve not so angry men: Masculinities and the perceptions of the 'off-field' violence involved in Australian body contact sports

Murray, Ashnil C. (2015) Twelve not so angry men: Masculinities and the perceptions of the 'off-field' violence involved in Australian body contact sports. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


Recently, media 'scandals' have pervaded a number of Australian body contact sports, in particular rugby league, rugby union and Australian rules football. Utilising the theoretical framework of masculinities, this research interviews footballers to gauge their perceptions of this media attention and how it compares to their own perspectives regarding off-field violence. Drawing inspiration from James Messerschmidt's (2000) 'Nine Lives' study and R.W. Connell's (1995) theoretical masculinities framework, in-depth, semi-structured interviews—known as life histories—were conducted with 12 footballers. Twelve life histories were completed with four men from each of the three major Australian football codes, namely Australian rules football, rugby union and rugby league. The research explores linkages between masculinity, body contact sport and engagement (or lack thereof) in violence 'off field'.

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ID Code: 89422
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Walters, Reece & Cross, Cassandra
Keywords: Footballers masculinities, Violence, Connell, Messerschmidt, rugby union, rugby league, Australian Rules Football, Anderson, inclusive masculinity, hegemonic masculinity
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 14 Dec 2015 06:49
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2015 06:49

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