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Taking the Field: Women, Men and Sports / Edition 1
     

Taking the Field: Women, Men and Sports / Edition 1

by Michael A. Messner
 

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ISBN-10: 0816634491

ISBN-13: 9780816634491

Pub. Date: 07/28/2002

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

In the past, when sport simply excluded girls, the equation of males with active athletic power and of females with weakness and passivity seemed to come easily, almost naturally. Now, however, with girls' and women's dramatic movement into sport, the process of exclusion has become a bit subtler, a bit more complicated-and yet, as Michael Messner shows us in this

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In the past, when sport simply excluded girls, the equation of males with active athletic power and of females with weakness and passivity seemed to come easily, almost naturally. Now, however, with girls' and women's dramatic movement into sport, the process of exclusion has become a bit subtler, a bit more complicated-and yet, as Michael Messner shows us in this provocative book, no less effective. In Taking the Field, Messner argues that despite profound changes, the world of sport largely retains and continues its longtime conservative role in gender relations.

To explore the current paradoxes of gender in sport, Messner identifies and investigates three levels at which the "center" of sport is constructed: the day-to-day practices of sport participants, the structured rules and hierarchies of sport institutions, and the dominant symbols and belief systems transmitted by the major sports media. Using these insights, he analyzes a moment of gender construction in the lives of four- and five-year-old children at a soccer opening ceremony, the way men's violence is expressed through sport, the interplay of financial interests and dominant men's investment in maintaining the status quo in the face of recent challenges, and the cultural imagery at the core of sport, particularly televised sports. Through these examinations Messner lays bare the practices and ideas that buttress-as well as those that seek to disrupt-the masculine center of sport.

Taking the Field exposes the subtle and not-so-subtle ways in which men and women collectively construct gender through their interactions-interactions contextualized in the institutions and symbols of sport.

Michael A. Messner is professor of sociology and gender studies at the University of Southern California. His previous books include Power at Play: Sports and the Problem of Masculinity (1995) and Politics of Masculinities: Men in Movements (1997).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816634491
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
07/28/2002
Series:
Sport and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
464,794
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introduction: Jumping Centerxv
1.Center Snap: Children Creating the Fiction of Gender1
2.Playing Center: The Triad of Violence in Men's Sports27
3.Center of the Diamond: The Institutional Core of Sport63
4.Center of Attention: The Gender of Sports Media91
5.Contesting the Center: Just Do What?135
Notes167
References209
Index233

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