Publication Date

4-15-2010

Advisor(s)

Elizabeth Traube

Major

Anthropology

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

Using text, photography, and memory, this ethnography explores constructions of masculinity among young, straight, white, middle-class men from the suburb of Montclair, New Jersey. Major themes throughout include the construction of "alternative" masculinities; rebellion; the reproduction of social privilege; the use of "irony;" fantasy identifications with the working-class; and the construction of an imagined feminine other. Chapter 1 explores these themes through the lens of September 11th. Chapter 2 looks at the construction of rebellious masculinity as refracted in the practice of skateboarding and the music of Bruce Springsteen. Chapter 3 looks at the "Meat Feast" ritual and the uses of "irony" in expressing identity.

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