‘It’s not macho, is it?’ Contemporary British Christian men’s constructions of masculinity
journal contributionposted on 21.10.2020, 15:41 by Line Nyhagen
Religion is a key site for constructions of masculinity, and visions of a gender equal society must include religious men. This study examines how a group of British white, heterosexual, middle-class, lay Anglican men construct masculinities via discourses on church-going, worship styles, and godly submission. The interviewed men express a hybrid form of masculinity, informed by religious faith, that embraces typically ‘feminine’ characteristics such as love, humility and vulnerability. At the same time, they articulate ideals of heteronormativity and essentialised gender differences that support hegemonic masculinity (Connell, 1995). The participants engage simultaneously in a selective, ‘discursive distancing’ (Bridges & Pascoe, 2014; 2018) from, and a discursive alignment with, hegemonic masculinity norms (Connell, 1995), thus demonstrating tensions between competing masculinity norms.
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