Little Big Men

Bodybuilding Subculture and Gender Construction

Author: Alan M. Klein

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438409252

Category: Social Science

Page: 326

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Little Big Men is a study of competitive bodybuilders on the West Coast that examines the subculture from the perspective of bodybuilders’ everyday activities. It offers fascinating descriptions and insightful analogies of an important and understudied subculture that has risen to widespread popularity in today’s mass culture. Alan Klein conducted his field study of bodybuilding in some of the world’s best-known gyms. In studying the social and political relations of bodybuilding competitors, Klein explores not only gym dynamics but also the internal and external pressures bodybuilders face. Central to his examination is the critique of masculinity. Through his study of “hustling” among bodybuilders, Klein is able to construct a social-psychological male configuration that includes narcissism, homophobia, hypermasculinity, and fascism. Because they exist as exaggerations, these bodybuilder traits come to represent one end of the continuum of modern masculinity, what Klein terms comic-book masculinity. This study is a rare foray into the critique of contemporary American macho.
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Feminist Sport Studies

Sharing Experiences Of Joy And Pain

Author: Pirkko Markula

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791465301

Category: Social Science

Page: 250

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Uses personal narratives to highlight the development of feminist sport studies.
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Reader's Guide to Lesbian and Gay Studies

Author: Timothy Murphy

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135942412

Category: Reference

Page: 748

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The Reader's Guide to Lesbian and Gay Studies surveys the field in some 470 entries on individuals (Adrienne Rich); arts and cultural studies (Dance); ethics, religion, and philosophical issues (Monastic Traditions); historical figures, periods, and ideas (Germany between the World Wars); language, literature, and communication (British Drama); law and politics (Child Custody); medicine and biological sciences (Health and Illness); and psychology, social sciences, and education (Kinsey Report).
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Out of Play

Critical Essays on Gender and Sport

Author: Michael A. Messner

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 227

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A revealing look at gender issues in contemporary sport.
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The best Olympics ever?

social impacts of Sydney 2000

Author: Helen Lenskyj

Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 262

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Despite International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samarach's proclaiming the Sydney 2000 Olympics as the "best ever, " the truth of the matter is much less one-sided. In The Best Olympics Ever? Helen Jefferson Lenskyj discloses what the Sydney 2000 Olympic industry suppressed: the real costs and impacts.
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