Boys Will Be Boys? An Interdisciplinary Study of Sport, Masculinity and Sexuality

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Boys Will Be Boys? An Interdisciplinary Study of Sport, Masculinity and Sexuality

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By Andy Harvey

Year: 2015

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Drawing on literary studies, sport history, sociology and psychoanalysis, the book offers new perspectives on the ambivalent intersections between male team sports, heterosexual masculinity and gay men.

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In this new study, Andy Harvey examines the troubled history of sport, masculinity and sexuality through a truly interdisciplinary lens. Drawing on literary studies, sport history, sociology and psychoanalysis, the book offers new perspectives on the ambivalent intersections between male team sports, heterosexual masculinity and gay men. In the process, the book offers fresh readings of classic sports books, including Thomas Hughes’ Tom Browns Schooldays, Don DeLillo’s End Zone and Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch.  Charting a course that commences in the mid-nineteenth century English public schools and ends with an examination of masculinity and sexuality in contemporary professional football, the book takes excursions into rugby league in the 1950s, American football in the 1970s and the football terraces of England of the 1990s. The study is rigorously interdisciplinary and theoretically informed but always accessible to a wide readership as well of interest to scholars and students of sport, gender and sexuality.

Acknowledgements

Introduction
Andy Harvey

Chapter One: Contexts

Chapter Two: The Unlikely Tale of Tom Brown’s Schooldays

Chapter Three: This Queer(ish) Sporting Life

Chapter Four: Locker Rooms and End Zones

Chapter Five: Going to the Match

Chapter Six: Homophobia in Football: The Current State of Play

Afterword

Andy Harvey works at Birkbeck, University of London in the Birkbeck Sports Business Centre and in the Department of Psychosocial Studies, thus burnishing his interdisciplinary credentials. Having returned to academia when ‘approaching’ middle age, he has developed a personal approach to combining his passion for sport with his interest in gender and sexuality, believing that the academy and academic writing should be sites for conversations between scholars and professionals working in the industry. He can be contacted at andrew.harvey@bbk.ac.uk.