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'It's freer and easier in a changing room, because the barriers disappear horizontal ellipsis ' a case study of masculinity ideals, language and social status amongst Swedish ice hockey players
Orebro Univ, Dept Hlth Sci, Orebro, Sweden.;Sports Confederat Orebro Cty, Orebro, Sweden..
Sports Confederat Orebro Cty, Orebro, Sweden.;Karlstad Univ, Dept Hlth Sci, Orebro, Sweden..
(English)In: European Journal for Sport and Society, ISSN 1613-8171Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Previous research has identified sports-related risk factors that can cause acts of violence outside the sporting milieu. The purpose of this case study is to examine the ideals, language and social status of male ice hockey players and determine whether and how they affect their views of sexuality, aggressiveness and actions outside the ice hockey milieu. The method and material are based on a qualitative content analysis of interviews with six senior ice hockey players in Sweden. Research on masculinity and violence theoretically inspires the study. The findings show that expectations and norms can create increased status in a team and at the same time can also make it difficult for players to fully follow their own values and inner guides. In other words, players can be themselves, yet sometimes have to toe the line and follow the group (even if they do not always want to). Another finding is the dilemma of silence and the difficulties that players face in setting limits for team-mates who, for example, joke in a diminishing and inappropriate way. The article ends with a discussion about the challenges that these results entail regarding progressive (violence-preventative) work within ice hockey at the individual and structural levels.

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ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD.
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Hegemonic masculinity, norms, violence, team community, power
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-76245DOI: 10.1080/16138171.2019.1706239ISI: 000504743200001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-76245DiVA, id: diva2:1384211
Available from: 2020-01-09 Created: 2020-01-09 Last updated: 2020-01-09

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