Masculinity constructions among Norwegian male break(danc)ers
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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Original versionLangnes T. Masculinity constructions among Norwegian male break(danc)ers. European Journal for Sport and Society. 2018;15(2):134-153 http://doi.org/10.1080/16138171.2018.1462949
This article explores how masculinity is exhibited among young male breakers in Oslo, Norway. It is part of a larger project drawing on ethnographic fieldwork and 17 semi-structured interviews with male and female breakers. The article focuses on the 11 male breakers, as the objective is to analyze how young male breakers construct their masculinities - how these are formed, performed and (re)negotiated through breaking. The results show that the breakers’ masculinity constructions are formed from breaking’s legacy, which works as a frame for their masculinity performances. Through a combination of Connells’s social theory of masculinities and social interactionism, I discuss how the breakers’ collective performance of an exaggerated, aggressive masculinity signifies resistance to hegemonic masculinity in the gender order.