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dc.contributor.advisorLenskyj, Helen
dc.contributor.advisorThomson, Rex
dc.contributor.authorLeBlanc, Roger Gerard Joseph
dc.date.available2015-02-20T03:21:11Z
dc.date.copyright2004
dc.identifier.citationLeBlanc, R. G. J. (2004). ‘The First Fifteen’ : Understanding the conspiracy of silence of gay rugby players in Aotearoa/New Zealand (Thesis, Doctor of Philosophy). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/5468en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/5468
dc.description.abstractTo date, only three gay male athletes have ever come out publicly during their professional sporting career in team sports. This reflects the pervasiveness of homophobia in sport and its power to silence and render invisible gay athletes. Moreover, it leads to a number of important sociological, political, moral and philosophical questions. Research that seeks to understand the gay athlete’s perspective on the existence of silence and invisibility is made all the more pertinent as gay rights and equality are currently manifested within social institutions other than mainstream sport. In order to fill the void of knowledge regarding the silence and invisibility of gay men within mainstream sport, the questions: “What meanings from their perspective do gay rugby players give to their experience of participating in mainstream rugby?’ and “How do these meanings create barriers or opportunities for their survival in rugby?” directed this social phenomenological study of gay rugby union players in Aotearoa/New Zealand. The data arose from in-depth interviews. An emergent analysis of data found that players’ meanings of silence were predominantly informed by the fear of public opinion. The players’ negotiation of fear emerged as they strategically integrated all aspects of their identity into their everyday worlds. The key findings of this study transpired when the participants’ meanings of silence were located using a Conspiracy of Silence model which guided the research. The reconstruction of these meanings generated a better understanding of the Conspiracy of Silence phenomenon surrounding gay rugby players.en_NZ
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dc.title“The First Fifteen” : Understanding the conspiracy of silence of gay rugby players in Aotearoa/New Zealanden_NZ
dc.typeThesisen_NZ
dc.date.updated2015-02-20T03:20:09Z
thesis.degree.disciplinePhyical Educationen_NZ
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen_NZ
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otagoen_NZ
thesis.degree.levelPhDen_NZ
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otago.openaccessOpenen_NZ
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