Making Men: Rugby and Masculine Identity

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John Nauright, Timothy John Lindsay Chandler
Psychology Press, 1996 - Sports & Recreation - 260 pages
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This volume is concerned with how an understanding of rugby football can provide insights into what it has meant to 'be a man' in societies influenced by the ideals of the Victorian upper and middle classes. The essays chart rugby's development from its origins in the English public schools and ancient universities to its acceptance in the farthest reaches of what was once the British Empire. Despite widespread geographical and cultural diffusion the game remained resilient in upholding the Victorian qualities of self-sacrifice and manliness.
Making Men highlights the changes and continuities which the game of rugby and its masculine traditions have undergone in different times and places. It shows that, while rugby has been used as a means of promoting male exclu-sivity it has also been a means of cultural incorporation.
The book concludes with a discussion of the present and future of rugby and the impact of the World Cup, professionalism and commercialism on the game.
  

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Contents

The Structuring of Manliness and
13
Rugby Class Amateurism and Manliness
32
Sport and the Masculine Hegemony of
50
Rugby and the Formation
70
Rugby and White
91
A Romantic
140
The Rugby Codes
158
Playing for Power? Rugby Afrikaner
181
Springbok
205
Rugby and
227
Conclusion
245
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About the author (1996)

John Nauright is the author of "Soccer around the World: A Cultural Guide" and "Long Run to Freedom: Sport, Culture, and Identities in South Africa.

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