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Performing Masculinity
Body, Self and Identity in Modern Fiji

ISBN 9781350183841
Published September 17, 2020 by Routledge
214 Pages

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Book Description

Geir Henning Presterudstuen provides an ethnographic account of howmen in the multicultural urban centres of Fiji perceive, construct andperform masculinities in the context of rapid social change. Theoreticallyinformed by critical feminist theories, postcolonialism, R.W. Connell’s workon masculinities and a Bourdieuan conceptualization of the body, thisbook explores how notions of masculinity, manhood and the male bodyare shaped by the conflicting social forces of Fijian tradition, modernity,commercialization and urbanization.The book provides a timely intervention, from the grassroots level in theglobal south, into an ongoing discourse about men and masculinities thathas long been dominated by voices from Europe and the US. Combiningclassic ethnography with innovative social analysis, Presterudstuen’sbook is suitable for students and academics with an interest in genderand social change, and for scholars across a variety of disciplinesincluding anthropology, gender studies, sociology, pacific studies andinternational development.

Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgements1. Modernities, Masculinities and the Fijian Body: Connections and Conceptualizations2. Performing Masculinity through Christian Devotion: Methodism and Manhood3. ‘Living in Hell’: Performing Indo-Fijian Masculinities4. Making a Living: Land, Labour, Trade and Tradition for Modern Fijian Men.5. Drinking, Hyper-masculinity and Insolence 6. Betting-men and Bad Money: Modern Masculinities and Consumption7. Sex, Sexualities and the Modern BodyPostscript: Modern Masculinities in Fiji and Theoretical ImplicationsNotesBibliography Index

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Geir Henning Presterudstuen is Lecturer in Anthropology at Western Sydney University, Australia. He has conducted long-term fieldwork in Fiji since 2009 and has published widely on issues of gender and social change.


"This book takes on an important topic in both Masculinities/gender studies and the Anthropology of the Pacific region. Not only is the book going to be of interest to scholars working across several disciplines, but it will also be accessible to students and a more broadly interested public. - John Taylor, La Trobe University, Australia An important study of modern experiments with masculinity in Fiji, which makes for a nuanced ethnography of gendered bodies, practices and power in diverse contexts such as villages, nightclubs gambling and religious venues. - Kalissa Alexeyeff, The University of Melbourne, Australia This is a well-researched, ethnographically sensitive, historically informed study of emerging sexualities and genders in two distinct, but historically and culturally entangled, ethnic communities in Fiji. - Aletta Biersack, University of Oregon, USA This book is at the cutting-edge of the anthropology of masculinity, and focuses in innovative ways on overlooked topics that matter. - Matt Tomlinson, Australian National University, Australia"