May the Best Man Win: Sport, Masculinity, and Nationalism in by P. McDevitt

By P. McDevitt

As Britain's nice strength prestige got here to be more and more challenged within the many years ahead of the 1st international struggle, one spinoff of the ensuing uncertainty was once the weakening of the Victorian, middle-class consensus of what constituted excellent manhood. Britain's empire used to be not just the resource of wealth and gear, however it at the same time supplied substitute types of masculinity and nationhood. for that reason, the empire and the commonwealth performed an incredible position in defining imperial gender relatives in either Britain and within the colonies and dominions. may possibly the simplest guy Win investigates the continuous second look and reassertion of assorted masculine beliefs linked to recreation within the British empire among 1880 and 1935.

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35 The GAA’s stated aim was to unify the Irish people; however, the organization was in fact exclusionary and divisive. By stressing the concept of the “Gael,” those who may have been Irish by birth still might be excluded from the nationalist ranks due to a lack of cultural, political, and sectarian credentials. Masculinity was connected to Gaelic games in several significant ways. First, there were “civilizing” tendencies, which sought to remove the violence and brutishness inherent in earlier versions of the games.

The growth of scientific play and the attendant increased importance of discipline had direct and numerous effects on conceptions of masculinity for the Gaelic community. A strict emphasis on discipline from the players allowed teams to play in a more emotionally controlled and analytical manner, thus distinguishing them from women who were viewed as overemotional and irrational. 93 Play which favored combination was the perfect metaphor for national unity and the triumph of tactical initiatives over greater strength was a particularly apt analogy for the growing sense of militarization of Irish everyday life.

A hurling match, with its combination of speed, stamina, skill, and terrifyingly dangerous stickwork, displayed its participants physical stature and grace, fearlessness, and decisiveness. The development of combination-based tactics fostered the attributes desired by the Gaelic community and the games provided the means to propagate these characteristics. The updating of the games, did not in itself, produce a new masculinity. However, in conjunction with other cultural and political factors in the period, masculinity was refashioned and this redefinition was heavily influenced by the GAA-led movement.

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