Call for Chapters | Handbook of Sport and Masculinity | Call ends May 1, 2018

The past two decades have seen a significant transformation of Western masculinities. Much of the research on the relationship between sport and masculinity in the 20th century documented how heterosexual men and boys were regulated by an orthodox form of masculinity (e.g. Connell 1995). This was typically policed by high levels of homophobia (Pronger 1990) and has been best conceptualized using Anderson’s (2009) ‘homohysteria’ (the fear of being culturally homosexualized).

The 21st century has, however, seen a rapid decline in discriminatory attitudes toward homosexuality. This has been particularly evident in men’s teamsport culture, which has seen a significant decline in homosexual stigma (Anderson, Magrath & Bullingham 2016). Thus, as homosexual stigma has almost completely disappeared, heterosexual men have been able to engage in a wider range of gendered behaviors than previously permitted. This handbook is intended to further examine the changing relationship between contemporary sports (broadly conceived) and masculinities. Contributions might explore, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • The relationship between sport and masculinity
  • Theorizing contemporary masculinities in relation to sport
  • Sport’s use of making and stratifying modern men
  • The relationship between masculinity and heterosexuality
  • Failed male athletes and sports fandom
  • Gendered behaviors of male athletes
  • Intersectional properties of race or religion, sexuality or cis/transgender with masculinity in sport
  • The relationship between sport, masculinity and consumerism
  • Sport journalism
  • Sport, masculinity and physical education

We particularly welcome contributions which address the following areas:

  • Non-Western sporting masculinities;
  • Sporting masculinities in the media

Submission details

Preliminary submission

Please submit expressions of interest, along with a 250 word abstract to Rory Magrath at:

Submission timeline

The chapter word count should be between 8000 and 10000 words, and be prepared in accordance with the 6th edition of the APA Publication Manual. The deadline for chapters to be submitted is 1 May 2018. Chapters will be returned to authors by 1 September 2018, with final drafts due by 30 November 2018.

We anticipate publication to be the summer of 2019.

Editorial team

  • Rory Magrath, Southampton Solent University, UK
  • Jamie Cleland, University of South Australia, Australia
  • Eric Anderson, University of Winchester, UK
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