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Recasting Language and Masculinities in the Age of Desire

Kiesling, Scott F (2008) Recasting Language and Masculinities in the Age of Desire. Indiana University Linguistics Club Working Papers Online..

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In this paper I reconsider a piece of data originally analyzed in Kiesling (2001), in light of a number of theoretical developments in language and gender, language and sexuality, and gender/masculinities studies more widely. Specifically, I explore how we can break down and be more specific about the cultural conception of hegemonic masculinity (as discussed by Connell, 1995) by subdividing it into a set of separate, interacting cultural discourses. These discourses set up the essentialized and naturalized oppositions characteristic of gender, and thus hegemonic masculinity. Another new development in the field of language and gender is the discussion of desire as a theoretical construct by Cameron and Kulick (2003). I suggest that another kind of desire that we should think about (in addition to sexual desire) is ontological desirethe desire to have or emulate qualities of a particular identity to create an identity. This kind of desire helps us understand language and masculinities because it tells us more about the processes of identification and the motivations for them.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Kiesling, Scott Fkiesling@pitt.eduKIESLING0000-0003-4954-1038
Date: 2008
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Indiana University Linguistics Club Working Papers Online.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Linguistics
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: hegemonic, masculinity, gender, language, and, sexuality, discourse
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Article Type: Review
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2016 19:02
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2021 05:56


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