publication . Article . 2013

The construction of 'tough' masculinity: Negotiation, alignment and rejection

Robert Lawson;
Open Access
  • Published: 08 Oct 2013
Abstract
Drawing on narrative data collected during a three-year ethnography of a Scottish high school, this article examines the construction of working-class adolescent masculinities. More specifically, the analysis focuses on how adolescent male speakers negotiate, reject and align themselves with the hegemonically dominant ideology of ‘tough’ masculinity, the role socially low-risk discourses of ‘tough’ masculinity play in interaction, and how speakers integrate a range of discursive strategies which help maintain homosociality when ‘tough’ masculinity is at stake. I argue that discourses which appear to be about ‘being tough’ do a great deal more social work than mi...
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free text keywords: Philosophy, Linguistics and Language, Gender Studies, Language and Linguistics, Homosociality, Negotiation, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Masculinity, Social work, Dominant ideology, Sociology, Narrative, Ethnography, Gender studies
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