White Masculinity in Contemporary Australia: The Good Ol’ Aussie Bloke, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

White Masculinity in Contemporary Australia

The Good Ol’ Aussie Bloke, 1st Edition

By Andrea Waling


256 pages | 12 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-07-31
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Spanning the disciplines of sociology, history, media and cultural studies of 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.


"In this engaging and timely book Waling draws on a range of rich data to examine historical shifts and continuities in representations of Australian masculinity, and to investigate how masculinity is currently lived and understood. Through a nuanced analysis she gives us unique insight into the contradictions and tensions of contemporary manhood." - Barbara Pini, Professor of Sociology, Griffith University, Australia

"Waling breathes new life into the critical study of men and masculinities with a lucid style, and, dare I say, some much needed optimism. Empirically ambitious and theoretically rich and diverse, White Masculinity in Contemporary Australia is an account that stands out in an increasingly crowded arena." - Steve Roberts, Associate Professor of Sociology, Monash University, Australia

Table of Contents


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


About the Author

Andrea Waling is a Research Fellow at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University, Australia.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General