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Sporting the Blasian Body

Sporting the Blasian Body

(p.91) Chapter 5 Sporting the Blasian Body
Blasian Invasion
Myra S. Washington
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter uses Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Hines Ward to explore the utility of Blasian bodies, especially as they relate to nationalism, sport, masculinity, and race. Both stars offer compelling challenges to essentialist and cultural underpinnings of racialized ideologies by both embodying hegemonic scripts and disrupting normative masculinist codes. The parallels between their experiences and their resistance to the ways they have been racialized provide new avenues for exploring kinship premised on more than race.

Keywords:   Masculinity, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Hines Ward, Nationalism, Sport

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