The Muscled Self and Its Aftermath: A Life History Study of an Elite, Black, Male Bodybuilder

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The Muscled Self and Its Aftermath: A Life History Study of an Elite, Black, Male Bodybuilder

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dc.contributor.author Sparkes, Andrew C. en_GB
dc.contributor.author Batey, Joanne en_GB
dc.contributor.author Brown, David en_GB
dc.contributor.department University of Exeter en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2008-02-06T10:30:43Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T12:07:38Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-20T15:06:29Z
dc.date.issued 2005 en_GB
dc.description.abstract This article draws on the life history of an elite, black, male bodybuilder to explore the social meanings of muscle in the construction and confirmation of specific forms of masculine identity. Attention is given to childhood experiences in a hostile environment and how this initiated a quest for a hyper-muscular body. Having successfully achieved this aim by winning a British Championship a turning point moment prematurely terminates his sporting career. The aftermath of this moment for his sense of self are examined by focusing on experiences of the following: negative pain, an atrophying body, the loss of a disciplined body and an athletic identity, and becoming ‘black again’ in a small body. Finally, some reflections on the muscled self and its aftermath are provided. en_GB
dc.identifier.citation Auto/Biography, 2005, 13: 131-160 en_GB
dc.identifier.doi 10.1191/0967550705ab033oa en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/17593 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher SAGE Publications en_GB
dc.relation.url http://autobiography.edina.clockss.org/aub_2005_13_2/10.1177_09675507050130020301.pdf en_GB
dc.subject Body en_GB
dc.subject Identity en_GB
dc.subject Masculinities en_GB
dc.subject Ethnicity en_GB
dc.subject Life History en_GB
dc.subject Qualitative methodology en_GB
dc.title The Muscled Self and Its Aftermath: A Life History Study of an Elite, Black, Male Bodybuilder en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB
dc.date.available 2008-02-06T10:30:43Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T12:07:38Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-20T15:06:29Z
dc.identifier.issn 09675507 en_GB
dc.identifier.issn 14799715 en_GB
dc.identifier.journal Auto/Biography en_GB


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