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Discursive Constructions of White Nordic Masculinities in Right-wing Populist Media (2020)

Norocel, O. C., Saresma, T., Lähdesmäki, T., & Ruotsalainen, M. (2020). Discursive Constructions of White Nordic Masculinities in Right-wing Populist Media. Men and Masculinities, 23(3-4), 425-446. https://doi.org/10.1177/1097184X18780459

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All authors or editors: Norocel, Ov Cristian; Saresma, Tuija; Lähdesmäki, Tuuli; Ruotsalainen, Maria

Journal or series: Men and Masculinities

ISSN: 1097-184X

eISSN: 1552-6828

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 23

Issue number: 3-4

Pages range: 425-446

Publisher: Sage Publications

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1097184X18780459

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/66305


Using superordinate intersectionality as a theoretical framework, this article explores notions of men and masculinities within right wing populism. It is attentive to how the right-wing populist media in Finland and Sweden construct white Nordic masculinities through discursive interactions across several axes of difference: gender (masculinities); sexuality (heterosexuality); social class (elites); and race (whitenesses). Employing Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) as methodological approach, we show how the discursive constructions of white Nordic masculinities are context contingent, rendering them subject to constant reinterpretation and repositioning, at times privileging some axes of social structuring over others. By drawing out the subtle similarities and discrete differences embedded in the discursive constructions of right-wing populist media, our approach gives a more fine-grained understanding of the nuance to men and masculinities in the study of right wing populism. By focusing on the European Nordic semi-periphery, our comparative analysis makes an original contribution, not only to the masculinities literature in general, but also to the growing scholarship concerned with the `crisis of masculinity' in the wider context of neoliberal globalizing tendencies.

Keywords: far right; populism; gender roles; masculinity; intersectionality; discourse analysis

Free keywords: Finland; right-wing populism; superordinate intersectionality; Sweden; critical discourse analysis

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Reporting Year: 2019

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