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

Rugby Manhood and Identity
1
1 The Structuring of Manliness and the Development of Rugby Football at the Public Schools and Oxbridge 18301880
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2 Rugby Class Amateurism and Manliness The Case of Rugby in Northern England 18711895
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Welsh Rugby Culture and Society 18901914
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Rugby and the Formation of Male Identity in New Zealand
70
Rugby and White Masculinity in Colonial Natal c 18701910
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British Responses to PostBoer War Colonial Rugby Tours
121
A Romantic Alliance in Verse and the Creation of Militaristic Masculinity
140
The Rugby Codes in New South Wales 19071918
158
9 Playing for Power? Rugby Afrikaner Nationalism and Masculinity in South Africa c1900c1970
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SpringbokAll Black Rugby Masculine National Identity and CounterHegemonic Struggle 19591992
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Rugby and the Nostalgia of Masculinity
227
12 Conclusion
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Index
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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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