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Bodybuilding: masculinity from muscularity

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dc.contributor.author Chang, Alister
dc.date.accessioned 2011-09-19T23:05:46Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-10-30T22:07:05Z
dc.date.available 2011-09-19T23:05:46Z
dc.date.available 2022-10-30T22:07:05Z
dc.date.copyright 1997
dc.date.issued 1997
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/26332
dc.description.abstract This thesis is about motives and behaviours in a sport that reinforces and selects for certain beliefs. That sport is bodybuilding. Hard-core, male bodybuilders have created a lifestyle and subculture, in addition to a sport, in response to a perceived need to develop large, muscular bodies. This thesis aims to corroborate the proposition that - in a changing Western gender order, many men choose to take part in bodybuilding because, first, developed muscularity reinforces their sense of masculinity, and secondly, developed muscularity provides them with a sense of hegemonic masculinity, and therefore a sense of personal empowerment, to deal with insecurities and uphold traditional male prerogative. Data were gathered from in-depth interviews of a small sample of hard-core, male bodybuilders. The overall conclusion is that the proposition is valid. Many of the participants did choose to take part in bodybuilding for the motives proposed. Bodybuilding, because of its extremism, can be a lesson for all men, macho or 'pencil necks', who believe the male body to be the embodiment of true masculinity and power. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.title Bodybuilding: masculinity from muscularity en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ
thesis.degree.grantor Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
thesis.degree.level Masters en_NZ

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