Negotiating hegemonic masculinity: imaginary positions and psycho-discursive practices

Wetherell, M. and Edley, N. ORCID: 0000-0002-0892-8917, 1999. Negotiating hegemonic masculinity: imaginary positions and psycho-discursive practices. Feminism and Psychology, 9 (3), pp. 335-356.

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In this paper we provide a critical analysis of the concept of hegemonic masculinity. We argue that although this concept embodies important theoretical insights, it is insufficiently developed as it stands to enable us to understand how men position themselves as gendered beings. In particular it offers a vague and imprecise account of the social psychological reproduction of male identities. We outline an alternative critical discursive psychology of masculinity. Drawing on data from interviews with a sample of men from a range of ages and from diverse occupational backgrounds, we delineate three distinctive, yet related, procedures or psycho-discursive practices, through which men construct themselves as masculine. The political implications of these discursive practices, as well as the broader implications of treating the psychological process of identification as form of discursive accomplishment, are also discussed.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Feminism and Psychology
Creators: Wetherell, M. and Edley, N.
Publisher: Sage Publications
Date: 1999
Volume: 9
Number: 3
Rights: Copyright 1999 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 09:52
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:13

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