Jockeying for position: the construction of masculine identities

Edley, N. ORCID: 0000-0002-0892-8917 and Wetherell, M., 1997. Jockeying for position: the construction of masculine identities. Discourse & Society, 8 (2), pp. 203-217. ISSN 0957-9265

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In this paper we examine the construction of masculine identities within a real-life social situation. Using data from an extensive series of interviews with small groups of sixth-form (17-18-year-old) students attending a UK-based, single-sex independent school, the analysis looks at the action orientation of different constructions of identity. More specifically, it focuses upon how the identity talk of one particular group of students were oriented towards managing their subordinate status within the school. In a number of instances the identity of the `new man' was adopted as a strategy of resistance. However, it was found that the more common strategy involved buying back into values embodied within a more traditional definition of masculinity.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Discourse & Society
Creators: Edley, N. and Wetherell, M.
Publisher: Sage Publications
Date: 1997
Volume: 8
Number: 2
ISSN: 0957-9265
Rights: Copyright 1997 by Sage Publications. All rights reserved. No portion of the contents may be reproduced in any form without written permission of the publisher
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
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Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:16
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:24

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