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8. Constructing Hegemonic Masculinities in South Africa: The Discourse and Rhetoric of Heteronormativity

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1. Title Title of document 8. Constructing Hegemonic Masculinities in South Africa: The Discourse and Rhetoric of Heteronormativity - Queering Language, Gender and Sexuality
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Russell Luyt; University of Winchester; United Kingdom
3. Subject Discipline(s) linguistics
4. Subject Keyword(s) gender and language; sexuality and language; queer theory; heteronormativity; linguistic analysis; discourse; hegemonic masculinities; heteronormativity; rhetoric; South Africa
5. Subject Subject classification gender and language
6. Description Abstract This paper considers how local and regional representations of hegemonic masculinity are (re)produced, and how men’s gender identities are constituted, through situated interaction in South Africa. It points toward the important role played by the discourse and rhetoric of heteronormativity among these men in hegemonic sense-making, and in particular, the underlying discursive practices of performative / intimate (hetero)sexuality and homosexual rejection / acceptance. An attempt is made to account for complexity and diversity in this sense-making across intersecting social categories such as ethnicity and social class. Focus group discussion among Afrikaans, English and Xhosa men was transcribed and back-translated where necessary. A technique of discourse analysis that considers the rhetorical aspects of text is developed through the introduction of norm-referencing rhetorical devices. Findings highlight the extent to which practices of both compliance and resistance contribute toward the (re)production of masculinities.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 10-Feb-2018
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.30445
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Queering Language, Gender and Sexuality
16. Language English=en en
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