Sustaining male dominance in interscholastic athletics: A case of homologous reproduction. . . or not?

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Abstract

To establish if male hegemony continued to exist in high school athletics within the USA and to determine the extent that homologous reproduction (hiring people of the same gender) might be a contributing factor, the administrative structures of 480 high school athletic departments were analyzed. The gender of each school's principal, athletic director, and coaches were collected from The National Directory of High School Coaches. Male hegemony was found to exist since men dominated both principal (76%) and athletic director (85%) positions, however evidence of homologous reproduction was only evident at the coaching level. The culture of hegemonic masculinity within athletics might be sustained more as a result of sex-role theory or gender-based schematic processing, rather than homologous reproduction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)768-775
Number of pages8
JournalSex Roles
Volume58
Issue number11-12
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2008

Keywords

  • High school athletics
  • Homologous reproduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Gender Studies

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