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Sporting the Blasian Body

Sporting the Blasian Body

Chapter:
(p.91) Chapter 5 Sporting the Blasian Body
Source:
Blasian Invasion
Author(s):
Myra S. Washington
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496814227.003.0005

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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