Tag Archive for masculinity

Från “lappjävel” till ”the King”: Börje Salming, NHL, och den svenska modellen

by Tobias Stark

Vol. 8 2017, pages 163–196
Published November 28, 2017


From ‘fucking Sami’ to ‘the King’: Börje Salming, NHL, and the Swedish Model

This paper deals with former Toronto Maple Leafs and Team Sweden great Börje Salming’s role as a trailblazer for the migration of Swedish ice hockey players to the NHL. Ultimately, the aim is to shed light on the transformation of the Swedish (sports) model at the turn of the 21st century. Drawing on a wide range of archival material and media sources – including club records, newspapers, autobiographical accounts and interviews – it is argued that Salming’s stellar NHL-career not only paved the way for generations of his countrymen by working to dispel the North American myth that Scandinavian players were soft and fragile, as it is commonly asserted, but helped transform the Swedish national identity and hegemonic ice hockey masculinity as well. Theoretically, the paper is grounded in media researcher Garry Whannel’s work on media sport stars, and the notion of stardom as “a form of social production in which the professional ideologies and production practices of the media aim to win and hold our attention by linking sporting achievement and personality in ways which have resonance in popular common sense”.

acrobatreader Access full text pdf in Swedish

About the Author

TOBIAS STARK is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sport Sciences at Linnaeus University in Växjö, Sweden. He is the author of Folkhemmet på is: Ishockey, modernisering och nationell identitet i Sverige 1920-1972 [The Welfare State On Ice: Ice Hockey, Modernization and National Identity in Sweden 1920-1972] (2010), as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles on Swedish and International ice Hockey.

Humans, Horses, and Hybrids: On Rights, Welfare, and Masculinity in Equestrian Sports

by Kutte Jönsson

Vol. 3 2012, pages 49–69
Published March 28, 2012


The fact that horses play an essential role for equestrian sports raises rather specific ethical concerns. Questions like what should be morally permissible to do to (non-consenting) nonhumans for the sake of human interests become urgent. Is it not an example of (animal) rights violation to force nonhumans taking part of sport? However, in this article I argue, from a radical egalitarian point of view, that it is possible to defend the existence of equestrian sports, but not unconditionally. I suggest that it is the masculinity norms in the sports culture that compromise the already complicated relationship between humans and animals, and therefore become an obstacle for the vision of equality between humans and nonhumans.

acrobatreader Access full text pdf

About the Author

KUTTE JÖNSSON is associate professor of sport philosophy and sport ethics at Malmö University, Sweden. He is the author of three books, among them two on sport ethics (all of them in Swedish). He has also published in journals such as Sport, Ethics and Philosophy and Sport in Society. Apart from the academic work, he is continuously involved in the ongoing debate on sport, gender issues and ethics.