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Learning Masculinity Through Japanese University Rowing

McDonald, Brent Douglas (2009) Learning Masculinity Through Japanese University Rowing. Sociology of Sport Journal, 26 (3). pp. 425-442. ISSN 0741-1235

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Abstract

This article is based on a larger ethnographic project that examines the construction of gendered identity within a Japanese men’s rowing club. For members, notions of masculinity and Japanese identity converge to the point of naturalization. The embodied experience of being a rower is underpinned by the cultural artifacts of hierarchy, social positioning, and group membership. Membership in university rowing clubs somatizes and naturalizes the valued characteristics associated with salary-man identity (duty, loyalty, self-sacrifice, mental and physical endurance) to the point of common sense. The resultant masculine identity is congruent with forms of hegemonic masculinity that are critical for successful employment in company-centered Japan.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID19177, masculine identity, Japanese men’s rowing club
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Sport and Exercise Science
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Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 03 May 2012 00:23
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2013 05:29
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/4458
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