Making European Masculinities: Sport, Europe, Gender

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Routledge, 2013 M10 8 - 208 pages
As sport has grown, progressively replacing religion, in its power to excite passion, provide emotional escape, offer fraternal (and increasingly sororital) bonding, it has come to loom larger and larger in the lives of Europeans and others. It has become an inescapable reality linking public environment with intimate experience and thus offers the historian an opportunity to inspect and attempt to grasp all the dimensions of the recent past and their relative share in individual and collective experience. This collection considers the evolution of modern sport in Europe and examines its role in shaping masculine identity.

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Contents

With Spirits Masculine
The Ephebia in the Ancient Hellenic World and its Role in the Making of Masculinity
Anthropomorphic Symbols of Aggression and Mythical Male Heroes
NineteenthCentury Fêtes Games and Masculinity A French Case Study
Victorian Masculinity Field Sports and English Elite Education
Ling Gymnastics and Male Socialisation in NineteenthCentury Sweden
Preparation for the English Elementary School and the Extension of MiddleClass Manliness
Ollerup Danish Gymnastics between the Wars
The Projection of the Male Image in Sports Policy in Bulgaria
What Man has made of Man
Notes on Contributors
Abstracts
Select Bibliography
Index
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