Title: SPORTS AND MASCULINITIES- A SOCIOLOGICAL STUDY OF
HIGH SCHOOL BOYS OF KOLKATA
Authors: Madhurima Dasgupta, Atish Chakraborty
1Madhurima Dasgupta, 2Atish Chakraborty
1. Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Adamas University & PhD Research Scholar, Department of
Sociology, Jadavpur University, Kolkata - 700010, India. 2. Senior Faculty of Legal Aptitude, Prime Tutorial & Penultimate Year Law Student, Amity Law School,
Amity University, Kolkata-700135, India.
MLA 8 Dasgupta, Madhurima, and Atish Chakraborty. "SPORTS AND MASCULINITIES- A SOCIOLOGICAL STUDY OF HIGH SCHOOL BOYS OF KOLKATA." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, vol. 3, no. 9, Sept. 2018, pp. 5112-5122, ijsser.org/more2018.php?id=355. Accessed Sept. 2018.
APA Dasgupta, M., & Chakraborty, A. (2018, September). SPORTS AND MASCULINITIES- A SOCIOLOGICAL STUDY OF HIGH SCHOOL BOYS OF KOLKATA. Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, 3(9), 5112-5122. Retrieved from ijsser.org/more2018.php?id=355
Chicago Dasgupta, Madhurima, and Atish Chakraborty. "SPORTS AND MASCULINITIES- A SOCIOLOGICAL STUDY OF HIGH SCHOOL BOYS OF KOLKATA." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research 3, no. 9 (September 2018), 5112-5122. Accessed September, 2018. ijsser.org/more2018.php?id=355.
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Abstract: Masculinity is socially constructed and dynamic. It is not a fixed gender identity but rather a
collective gender identity of men. Sports still continues to be equated with violence since it's the
only leisure activity during adolescence which reinforces notions of masculinity that value
physical prowess and dominance. In this context, the present paper explores how boys construct
their notions of masculinity by engaging in leisure activities, especially different forms of sports
followed by the participation of both heterosexual and homosexual boys in sports and whether
such sports allows for the expression of aggression or violence by using mixed methodology in
order to study twenty boys (aged 16-18 years) who studies in XI and XII standards of their
school in North and Central Kolkata. The findings reveal that the High school going boys
practice and construct their notions of masculinity by participating in sports like Football and
Cricket since it allows them to conform to the norms of hegemonic masculinity by portraying
physical strength, toughness and aggression followed by rejection of homophobic tendencies.
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