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White Masculinity in Contemporary Australia
The Good Ol’ Aussie Bloke

ISBN 9781138633285
Published July 11, 2019 by Routledge
238 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Spanning the disciplines of sociology, history, media and cultural studies, and popular culture, this book offers a historical exploration of Australian masculine tropes and an examination of contemporary representations of masculinity in the media. With attention to a range of thematic issues, including race, gender, sexuality, mythmaking, media representation, class, and nationality, it draws on new qualitative research and interview material to investigate the ways in which everyday Australian men take up or reject such ideas. White Masculinity in Contemporary Australia thus explores the contradictory resistance to and adoration of ideals of masculinity, forms of Othering used to differentiate the practice of "good" masculinity from that of "bad" masculinity, the relationship between heterosexuality, masculinity and Australian sporting culture as central to ideals of masculinity, and the existence of differing pressures to be masculine. As such it will appeal to scholars across the social sciences with interests in gender and sexuality, Australian studies, and contemporary popular culture.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Swagmen, Surfers, and ANZACS: Uncovering the "Aussie" Male Trope  2. Consumerism and the Revival of the Aussie Bloke  3. Masculinity in Australian Popular Television  4. Defining "Masculinity"  5. Fathers, Footy, and WAGs  6. Devolution of the Australian Male Trope  7. Affirmation and Rejection of Masculinity  Conclusion

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Andrea Waling (PhD) is a research fellow at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University, Australia. Her research interests include qualitative research, masculinity studies, sexualisation, LGBTIQ+ health and well-being, and studies in gender and sexuality. Further details of her research, projects, and publications can be found at andreawaling.wixsite.com/home.

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