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“It’s not macho, is it?”: contemporary British Christian men’s constructions of masculinity

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posted 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 essentialized gender differences that support hegemonic masculinity. The participants engage simultaneously in a selective, “discursive distancing” from, and a discursive alignment with, hegemonic masculinity norms, thus revealing tensions between competing masculinity norms.

History

School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Social and Policy Studies

Published in

The Journal of Men’s Studies

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© SAGE Publications

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Sage under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Licence (CC BY-NC). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

Acceptance date

17/10/2020

Publication date

2020-12-18

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

1060-8265

eISSN

1933-0251

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Line Nyhagen. Deposit date: 19 October 2020