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dc.contributor.authorBrickell, Chris
dc.identifier.citationBrickell, C. (2005). Masculinites, Performativity, and Subversion: A Sociological Reappraisal. Men and Masculinities, 8(1), 24–43. doi:10.1177/1097184X03257515en
dc.description.abstractThe study of masculinities has not escaped the influence of Judith Butler’s writings on gender, performativity, and subversion. However, this article suggests that Butler’s formulations of performativity and subversion express a lack of clarity and engender a number of problems with respect to agency, action, interaction, and social change. This article argues for reformulating performativity and subversion in a more explicitly sociological frame to render the concepts more useful for examining agency and subjectivity in the study of masculinities. The writings of Erving Goffman suggest ways to reclaim the socially constructed agency of “performance” from the mire of “performativity,” with the latter’s apparent disappearance of subjective action. This article suggests reworking subversion away from parody and resignification toward a consideration of resources for subjectivity and challenges to prevailing social structures. In this way, performativity and subversion may be set more convincingly within a sociologically informed study of masculinity.en_NZ
dc.publisherSAGE Publicationsen_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofMen and Masculinitiesen_NZ
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dc.subjectJudith Butleren_NZ
dc.subjectErving Goffmanen_NZ
dc.titleMasculinites, Performativity, and Subversion: A Sociological Reappraisalen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
otago.schoolSociology, Gender and Social Worken_NZ
otago.openaccessAbstract Onlyen_NZ
dc.rights.statement© 2005 Sage Publicationsen_NZ
dc.description.refereedPeer Revieweden_NZ
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