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Research Aims

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“I’d rather be a poof than a Liverpool supporter”
(One golfer to another on their way to The Open at Royal Birkdale - 19th July 2008)

 

Traditionally and in popular culture, football has been associated with particular representations of masculinity, predominantly heterosexuality. So much so, that homophobia, both on and off the pitch, has characterised crowd and even player behaviour.  A direct challenge to traditional attitudes in this context has come from the growth in the number of gay and gay friendly football teams.  Teams have taken positive steps in their establishment to enable them to achieve their primary purpose of playing football in an environment free from homophobia. Entitled “Queering the Pitch”, the aims of the longitudinal study, which began in 2005, are to:
  1. Examine the experiences of gay players and teams in the UK
  2. Examine the challenge of openly gay participation in specifically gay leagues and also established leagues 
  3. Consider the impact of a gay sensibility in a heterosexually-defined male territory
  4. Explore representations of masculinity and associated hegemony
  5. Explore the challenge to homophobia through affirmative action
Learn more about the how the research started some of its findings  and also its challenges.


 

 

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