(Re)theorising laddish masculinities in higher education

Phipps, Alison (2016) (Re)theorising laddish masculinities in higher education. Gender and Education, 29 (7). pp. 815-830. ISSN 1360-0516

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Abstract

In the context of renewed debates and interest in this area, this paper reframes the theoretical agenda around laddish masculinities in UK higher education, and similar masculinities overseas. These can be contextualised within consumerist neoliberal rationalities, the neoconservative backlash against feminism and other social justice movements, and the postfeminist belief that women are winning the ‘battle of the sexes’. Contemporary discussions of ‘lad culture’ have rightly centred sexism and men¹s violence against women: however, we need a more intersectional analysis. In the UK a key intersecting category is social class, and there is evidence that while working class articulations of laddism proceed from being dominated within alienating education systems, middle class and elite versions are a reaction to feeling dominated due to a loss of gender, class and race privilege. These are important differences, and we need to know more about the conditions which shape and produce particular performances of laddism, in interaction with masculinities articulated by other social groups. It is perhaps unhelpful, therefore, to collapse these social positions and identities under the banner of ‘lad culture’, as has been done in the past.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Laddism, lad culture, masculinities, sexual violence, sexual harassment, higher education, neoliberalism, intersectionality
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0621 Culture
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0706 Social structure
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0826 Social institutions
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women > HQ0012 Sexual life
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women > HQ0012 Sexual life > HQ0019 Sexual behaviour and attitudes. Sexuality
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women > HQ1088 Men
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women > HQ1101 Women. Feminism
L Education
L Education > LJ Student fraternities and societies, United States
Depositing User: Alison Phipps
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2016 11:02
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2017 11:55
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/60158

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