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Gender on the ropes: An autoethnographic account of boxing in Tasmania, Australia


Nash, M, Gender on the ropes: An autoethnographic account of boxing in Tasmania, Australia, International Review for The Sociology of Sport, 52, (6) pp. 734-750. ISSN 1461-7218 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1012690215615198


This paper documents how I fought for a place as a boxer in a regional Tasmanian boxing gym over a 30 month period. This work builds on existing ethnographic accounts that argue that, for women, becoming a boxer is more than just a matter of developing a fit body and physical skill it is a continual project of negotiating gendered identity. Using an analytic autoethnographic methodology and drawing on contemporary theories of masculinity, I share my individual experiences as a boxer and, in turn, reveal the complexities of bodywork and gendered identity within Tasmanian amateur boxing culture. My closing discussion analyses the way in which performances of masculinity were precarious, fragmented and anxious.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social change
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Sport, exercise and recreation
Objective Field:Recreation and leisure activities (excl. sport and exercise)
UTAS Author:Nash, M (Associate Professor Meredith Nash)
ID Code:104316
Year Published:2017 (online first 2015)
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2015-11-09
Last Modified:2017-12-12

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