Masculinities in a youth football context: Exploring attitudes toward gay peers among adolescent boys in an English professional football (soccer) academy

Authors: Adams, A. and Kavanagh, E.

Start date: 29 August 2017

Drawing on data generated from semi-structured, one-to-one interviews, this paper focuses on the attitudinal disposition toward homosexuality of 12 English academy level football players aged 14-15. Results highlight the presence of progressive attitudes toward homosexuality even though some of the youth feel they lack the agency to contest homophobia when espoused in their schools. Using a blend of two dominant masculinities theories this paper highlights that boys in this setting are best understood as a complex imbrication of inclusivity yet socially-passive acceptance.

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