Jekyll and Hyde: men's constructions of feminism and feminists

Edley, N. ORCID: 0000-0002-0892-8917 and Wetherell, M., 2001. Jekyll and Hyde: men's constructions of feminism and feminists. Feminism and Psychology, 11 (4), pp. 439-457. ISSN 0959-3535

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Research and commentary on men's responses to feminism has demonstrated the range of ways in which men have mobilised both against and for feminist principles. This paper argues that further analyses of men's responses require a sophisticated theory of discourse acknowledging the fragmented and contradictory nature of representation. A corpus of men's talk on feminism and feminists was studied to identify the pervasive patterns in men's accounting and regularities in rhetorical organisation. Material from two samples of men was included: a sample of white middle-class 17-18 year old school students and a sample of 60 interviews with a more diverse sample of older men aged 20 to 64. Two interpretative repertoires of feminism and feminists were identified. These set up a 'Jekyll and Hyde' binary and positioned feminism along with feminists very differently as reasonable versus extreme and monstrous. Both repertoires tended to be deployed together and the paper explores the ideological and interactional consequences of typical deployments along with the identity work accomplished by the men as they positioned themselves in relation to these.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Feminism and Psychology
Creators: Edley, N. and Wetherell, M.
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.
Place of Publication: London
Date: 2001
Volume: 11
Number: 4
ISSN: 0959-3535
Rights: Copyright 2004 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 10:40
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:35

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