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The Politics of Gendered Emotions: Disrupting Menís Emotional Investments in Privilege


Pease, B, The Politics of Gendered Emotions: Disrupting Men's Emotional Investments in Privilege, Australian Journal of Social Issues, 47, (1) pp. 125-140. ISSN 0157-6321 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1002/j.1839-4655.2012.tb00238.x


This paper explores the implications of the neglect of emotions in critical masculinity studies and profeminist masculinity politics. This neglect in part results from feminist and profeminist critiques of the literature on emotional inexpressiveness as a tragedy for men that ignores male privilege and menís social power. To focus on menís emotions is seen by some profeminist commentators as psychologising men at the expense of sociological understandings of menís social power. However, in neglecting the place of emotions in menís lives, critical masculinity studies has overlooked the ways in which menís emotional attachment to privilege can perpetuate oppressive gender relations and male violence against women. By exploring menís emotional investment in unequal gender relations, the article outlines ways in which emotions can also be used as a catalyst to disrupt menís attachment to male privilege.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:menís emotions, emotional inexpressiveness, privilege, pedagogy of discomfort
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Social work
Research Field:Social work not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Gender and sexualities
UTAS Author:Pease, B (Professor Bob Pease)
ID Code:102538
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:25
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2015-08-27
Last Modified:2015-09-29

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