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Messner, Michael A.

Works: 63 works in 258 publications in 1 language and 14,961 library holdings
Genres: Educational films  Conference papers and proceedings  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Internet videos  Short films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Commentator, Other, Compiler, Creator
Classifications: GV706.5, 306.483
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Michael A Messner
Most widely held works by Michael A Messner
Men's lives by Michael S Kimmel( Book )

58 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in English and held by 1,645 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Intended to be used as either a core text or as a supplement, this work includes recent research by feminist scholars and pro-feminist men
Taking the field : women, men, and sports by Michael A Messner( Book )

14 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 913 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To explore the current paradoxes of gender in sport, Messner identifies and investigates three levels at which the "center" of sport is constructed: the day-to-day practices of sport participants, the structured rules and hierarchies of sport institutions, and the dominant symbols and belief systems transmitted by the major sports media. Using these insights, he analyzes a moment of gender construction in the lives of four- and five-year-old children at a soccer opening ceremony, the way men's violence is expressed through sport, the interplay of financial interests and dominant men's investment in maintaining the status quo in the face of recent challenges, and the cultural imagery at the core of sport, particularly televised sports. Through these examinations Messner lays bare the practices and ideas that buttress-as well as those that seek to disrupt-the masculine center of sport
Sex, violence & power in sports : rethinking masculinity by Michael A Messner( Book )

10 editions published in 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 904 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the effect of sports in shaping men's attitudes toward women and violence
Power at play : sports and the problem of masculinity by Michael A Messner( Book )

12 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why is the American male's sense of self so closely intertwined with his success, or failure, as an athlete? What are the physical and emotional costs, to individual men and society at large, of engaging in organized athletics? Are sports good for men and boys? Michael Messner addresses these questions and more in his fascinating new study of masculinity and sports. Using interviews with thirty male former athletes, Messner argues that sports, so central to the lives of millions of boys and men, play a key role in shaping our society's definition of what it means to be a man. Messner shows us that lifelong relationships with colleagues, friends, lovers, wives, and children are affected by the barriers to intimacy constructed through sports. America's jock culture equates true manhood with athletic success, driving men to view the world in terms of status, power, and privilege. The Lombardian ethic that "winning isn't everything; it's the only thing" pushes America's athletes to continue to play even when hurt, to take drugs, and to treat women and others as mere objects. Sexism, homophobia, and racism pervade the world of sports, and Messner's conversations with male athletes of different races, classes, and sexual orientations reveal their struggles to reconcile the world of sports with the reality of their private lives. America's boys and men, as well as its girls and women, can find camaraderie and pleasure on the playing field, but the rules of the game must change first. The rules will only shift, Messner convinces us, when we begin to change our definitions of what it is to be men and women
Politics of masculinities : men in movements by Michael A Messner( Book )

14 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and held by 813 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The profound changes wrought by the feminist movement were by no means restricted to women. In the years since feminism has taken root, the role of men and masculinity has begun to undergo its own redefinition. Michael A. Messner provides a sociological framework to understand the responses of men to the changes, challenges, and crises in the social organization of gender. By examining not only what certain groups of men say about gender but what they do, Messner helps to illuminate the various social movements engaged with the politics of masculinity. Politics of Masculinities is an ideal introduction to the discussion of gender roles and masculinity."--Jacket
Out of play : critical essays on gender and sport by Michael A Messner( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 789 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From beer ads in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue to four-year-old boys and girls playing soccer; from male athletes' sexual violence against women to homophobia and racism in sport, Out of Play analyzes connections between gender and sport from the 1980s to the present. The book illuminates a wide range of contemporary issues in popular culture, children's sports, and women's and men's college and professional sports. Each chapter is preceded by a short introduction that lays out the context in which the piece was written. Drawing on his own memories as a former athlete, informal observations of his children's sports activities, and more formal research such as life-history interviews with athletes and content analyses of sports media, Michael A. Messner presents a multifaceted picture of gender constructed through an array of personalities, institutions, cultural symbols, and everyday interactions."--Jacket
Sport, men, and the gender order : critical feminist perspectives by Michael A Messner( Book )

12 editions published between 1990 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 777 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Playing unfair : the media image of the female athlete( Visual )

11 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 753 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It has been 30 years since Title IX legislation granted women equal playing time, but the male-dominated world of sports journalism has yet to catch up with the law. Coverage of women's sports lags far behind men's and focuses on female athletes' femininity and sexuality over their achievements on the court and field
Gender through the prism of difference by Maxine Baca Zinn( Book )

19 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in English and held by 646 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The third edition of Gender Through the Prism of Difference adopts a global, transnational perspective on how race, class, and sexual diversity are central to the study of sex and gender. In contrast with other books in this area - which tend to focus on U.S. or European viewpoints - this book features many articles based on research done elsewhere throughout the world." "The editors introduce this wide-ranging collection with a provocative analytical introduction that sets the stage for understanding gender as a socially constructed experience. Featuring mostly new readings, the book covers timely subjects - such as gender and popular culture, Islam, and men and war - to help students make a connection between the issues raised in the book and current events."--Jacket
Masculinities, gender relations, and sport( Book )

7 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It's all for the kids : gender, families, and youth sports by Michael A Messner( Book )

9 editions published in 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author probes the richly complex gender dynamics of youth sports. Weaving together vivid first-person interviews and his own experiences as a volunteer for his sons' teams, Messner finds that despite the movement of girls into sports, gender boundaries and hierarchies still dominate, especially among the adults who run youth sports
Paradoxes of youth and sport( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Some men : feminist allies and the movement to end violence against women by Michael A Messner( Book )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Some Men explores the promise of men's violence prevention work with boys and men in schools, college sports, fraternities, and the U.S. military. It illuminates the strains and tensions of such work--including the reproduction of male privilege in feminist spheres--and explores how men and women navigate these tensions
Child's play : sport in kids' worlds( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Child's Play collects state-of-the-art research on sport in children's worlds, studies that illuminate scholarly questions in the burgeoning sociological and interdisciplinary fields of children and youth, bodies and health, and intersectional analyses of social inequality. At the heart of Child's Play is a critical scholarly engagement with the question of how, when, and under what conditions sport is good for kids. The chapters in the first half of the book illuminate with broad brush-strokes what we know about kids and youth sports, and they ask probing questions about the role of sport in schools, health policy, race and gender relations, and social mobility. Together, these chapters critically assess the ways in which organizations, corporations and the state target kids with sport-related policies and marketing schemes. The second half of the book consists of interview-based, participant-observation and ethnographic studies by scholars who have entered into children's worlds to explore how youth make meanings, shape identities and relationships in sport; how sport participation connects with other things kids do in their daily lives (including school, family life, peer groups, adult mentors, health and violence, etc.). Throughout the text, Child's Play is attentive to differences and inequalities among kids: how different sport opportunities and experiences shape gender for boys, girls, Muslim immigrant girls and transgender kids, and the ways that race/ethnicity and social class differently constrain and enable kids' access to and experiences with youth sport"--
Through the prism of difference : readings on sex and gender( Book )

6 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The changing culture : the men's movement( Visual )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Men are marching on Washington, finding religion, taking on new community responsibilities, bonding with eachother, weeping openly and discussing their relationships. Just what has prompted these changes in behavior? Some say it is the outcome of the feminist movement and the resulting change in male roles. Perhaps. This program profiles the new "men's movement," explores the various reasons why men become involved in these movements and examines the implications for men and women in the 21st century
Out of play : critical essays on gender and sport by Michael A Messner( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Masculinities, gender relationships and sport( Book )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The papers in this collection consider how the study of masculinities in sport can be integrated with critical feminist studies, how to deal with the tendency to over-emphasize negative outcomes and the increasing trend to violence in sport
Some men : feminist allies in the movement to end violence against women by Michael A Messner( Book )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What does it mean for men to join with women in preventing sexual assault and domestic violence? This book, based on life history interviews with men and women anti-violence activists, illuminates both the promise of men's violence prevention work, as well as the strains and tensions that inhere, both for men as feminist allies, and for the women they work with
Masculinities, Gender Relations, and Sport by Jim McKay( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Exploring the more sophisticated and nuanced perspective in the era of sports dominance in America, athletics have become both a metaphor and reality of American masculinity. Edited by three of the leading scholars at the intersection of masculinity and sports studies, this volume offers a fascinating articulation on the state of athletics in modern society. Each part of this volume examines a significant arena and tackles some of the most deeply rooted issues within the field of sports. From the mechanisms by which masculinity is interwoven into sports, to the violence encoded within the f
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Taking the field : women, men, and sports
Alternative Names
Messner, M.

Messner, Michael

Messner, Michael 1952-

Messner, Michael A 1952-

Messner, Michael Alan 1952-

Michael Messner American sociologist

Michael Messner Amerikaans auteur

Michael Messner sociólogo estadounidense

Michael Messner sociologo statunitense

Michael Messner US-amerikanischer Sportsoziologe und Geschlechterforscher

English (201)

Taking the field : women, men, and sportsPower at play : sports and the problem of masculinityPolitics of masculinities : men in movementsOut of play : critical essays on gender and sportGender through the prism of differenceMasculinities, gender relations, and sportIt's all for the kids : gender, families, and youth sportsParadoxes of youth and sport