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The rise of angry white men: resisting populist masculinity and the backlash against gender equality


Pease, B, The rise of angry white men: resisting populist masculinity and the backlash against gender equality, The Challenge of Right-wing Nationalist Populism for Social Work: A Human Rights Approach, Routledge, C Noble and G Ottmann (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 55-68. ISBN 9780429056536 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

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This chapter analyses the gendered dimensions of populism and its expression in the grievances of angry white men. The chapter argues that to critically analyse populism, it is important to interrogate white masculinity and the sense of entitlement associated with it, and how this whiteness intersects with class and other social divisions. The chapter illustrates how, while white men’s experiences are an outcome of neoliberalism and economic restructuring, they often face what they feel is a crisis in their masculinity. Populist rhetoric claims to ‘empower’ such men in opposition to movements for racial and gender equality, and is thus grounded in an ideology of masculinism and hegemonic masculinity. Social workers are encouraged to understand why so many white men feel aggrieved by what they experience as the loss of gendered and racial entitlement, to enable them to develop strategies to critically engage with such men.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
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:143096
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2021-02-25
Last Modified:2021-04-07
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