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Title: Association football and the representation of homosexuality by the print media: a case study of Anton Hysén
Authors: Cleland, Jamie
Keywords: Media
Inclusive masculinity
Football
Homophobia
Homosexuality
Hegemonic masculinity
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis Group
Citation: CLELAND, J., 2014. Association football and the representation of homosexuality by the print media: a case study of Anton Hysén. Journal of Homosexuality, 61 (9), pp. 1269 - 1287.
Abstract: In March 2011 Anton Hysén (a semi-professional footballer currently playing in the Swedish fourth division) became only the second association football (soccer) player of any professional disposition to publicly declare his homosexuality whilst still playing the game. This article provides a textual analysis of the print media’s reaction to Hysén coming out and examines whether, in 2011, they portray more inclusive notions towards homosexuality than they did in 1990 when British footballer Justin Fashanu came out. The results advance inclusive masculinity theory as a number of print media sources (mostly British) interview Hysén in the weeks immediately after he came out and publish articles that challenge homophobia. Highlighting a change since 1990, a significant number of articles stress the need for the key stakeholders in football (players, fans, clubs, agents, the authorities and the media) to accept gay players.
Description: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Homosexuality on28th May 2014, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2014.926765http://www.tandfonline.com/[Article DOI].
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2014.926765
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/17896
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2014.926765
ISSN: 0091-8369
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