‘Vulnerability and Exposure: footballer scandals, masculine identity and ethics’
On Wednesday 8th April Professor Chris Beasley launched Associate Professor Rob Cover’s new book, Vulnerability and Exposure: footballer scandals, masculine identity and ethics (UWA Publishing). The subject of the book is the elite male Australian Rules football player. Chris spoke of how Rob’s careful analysis of football scandals allows the reader to discern what is valued in society and where the lines of transgression are located. She noted that a particularly impressive aspect of the book was the consideration of the development of an ethical brand of football. Rob Cover left the University of Adelaide in 2012 and is deeply missed by members of the Fay Gale Centre. In responding to Chris Beasley’s comments, Rob Cover acknowledged the Fay Gale Fellowship, which had facilitated his research and writing. He recalled how the idea for this book grew out of conversations with members of the Fay Gale Centre about how to do gender more ethically and to engage with issues, which were constantly in the media. He described the Fay Gale Centre as an invaluable arena, where it was possible to float ideas within a supportive intellectual environment.
By Professor Emerita Margaret Allen
Photos from this event