Sportdykaren och den ”rätta” manligheten


  • Åke Nilsén Högskolan i Halmstad; Idrottsvetenskapligt centrum vid Lunds universitet (ICLU)


social exclusion, scuba diving, risk activity, masculinity, dyad


The Scuba Diver and “Proper” Masculinity

Based on ethnographic fieldwork on scuba diving, this article explores the social homogeneity characterizing this specific sport activity regarding questions on how deviance is treated within a group and on what grounds. The consequences of the dangerous context on the Dyad (one is always diving together with a “Buddy”) in which the activity is performed, is analysed with the help of Georg Simmel (1950) and Erving Goffman (1967). The loyalty of the diving partner (the Buddy) towards the “right attitude” which governs the activity may be turned against the scuba diver who does not adapt. The Buddy is transformed from a friend into an opponent, who, by spreading anecdotes or rumours, questions the character of the scuba diver, which eventually may exclude him or her from the activity. The article discusses how the “right attitude” in scuba diving is related to the so-called predominant masculine identity (Connell 1995) in a Swedish context.




Referera så här

Nilsén, Åke (2008) ”Sportdykaren och den ’rätta’ manligheten”, Sociologisk Forskning, 45(1), s. 28–41. Tillgänglig vid: (åtkomstdatum: 28 september 2021).