Constructing masculinities in the national rugby league's footy show

Ashnil Murray, Adam White, Ryan Scoats, Eric Anderson

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The research uses discourse analysis, and inclusive masculinity theory, in order to explore and explain the construction of esteemed and subjugated masculinities within the context of Australia's National Rugby League's (NRL) Footy Show. Results suggest that despite previous research on NRL players which finds inclusive masculinities dominate, this television show instead attempts to construct orthodox versions of masculinity. We suggest that the Footy Show thus operates in something of a liminal state, attempting to portray and construct orthodox masculinities against social trends of inclusive masculinities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number11
JournalSociological Research Online
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Masculinity
  • Media
  • Men
  • Rugby league
  • Sport


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