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Stanley I. Thangaraj

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780814770351

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814770351.001.0001

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Breaking the Cycle

Breaking the Cycle

The Ballplayer Posture and Performances of Exclusion

(p.171) 5 Breaking the Cycle
Desi Hoop Dreams

Stanley I. Thangaraj

NYU Press

Instead of structuring the sporting space as always heterosexual masculine, this chapter engages with the various insiders and outsiders to South Asian American masculinity through a critical exploration of gender and sexuality. Masculinity does not gain traction and meaning by itself. This chapter illuminates the means by which queer masculinities and femininities are always the foundational element in structuring heterosexual masculinity. Thus, heterosexual masculinity is constructed through the very subjectivities that must be repudiated. Through the voices of gay South Asian American men and South Asian American women, we see how masculinity is conjured and negotiated by those excluded from the sporting space.

Keywords:   gender, sexuality, queerness, femininity, exclusions

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