Sticky masculinity: Post-structuralism, phenomenology and subjectivity in critical studies on men
2014 (English)In: Men and Masculinities, ISSN 1097-184X, E-ISSN 1552-6828, Vol. 17, no 3, 231-252 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Despite the consolidation of "critical studies on men" or "masculinity studies" in recent years, critics have pointed to a kind of feminist theory deficit due to the relative lack of engagement with contemporary developments of feminist theory. By focusing on poststructuralist feminist and feminist phenomenological accounts of subjectivity, this article seeks to contribute to the emerging body of work that brings such theories into critical studies on men. I argue that making use of these perspectives is not only a matter of replacing dominant theories, but rather offers possibilities for creative re-reading of earlier work on masculinity, which may not have been sufficiently appreciated from the viewpoint of dominant structural perspectives. My argument proceeds through a reading of John Stoltenberg as a poststructuralist feminist, and a reading of Victor Seidler as a feminist phenomenologist. I suggest that the study of masculinity can benefit from both traditions, and as an example I consider Jonathan Salisbury’s and David Jackson’s work on "boys’ work." Drawing in particular on Sara Ahmed’s innovative combination of poststructuralism and phenomenology, I suggest an understanding of masculinity as "sticky."
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 17, no 3, 231-252 p.
subjectivity, masculinity, post-structuralism, phenomenology, John Stoltenberg, Victor Seidler, Sara Ahmed, queer phenomenology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-226271DOI: 10.1177/1097184X14539510ISI: 000340101200001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-226271DiVA: diva2:725044