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Gun rites: hegemonic masculinity and neoliberal ideology in rural Kansas

Gun rites: hegemonic masculinity and neoliberal ideology in rural Kansas Drawing upon empirical data from a qualitative research project in Southeast Kansas, this paper employs feminist and decolonial theories to analyse the interlocking relationality of hegemonic masculinity, neoliberal ideology, social conservatism, rurality, and gun culture. The first goal is to shed light on the subordinating and marginalizing tendencies that arise as a result of gendered conceptions of gun use. The second aim is to illustrate how gun culture is normalized, and often valorized, through individualistic narratives of self-reliance, security, protection, and defence. The third objective is to interrogate the ways in which particular material practices and gendered discourses regarding gun use are reinforced by settler colonialism, whiteness, heteronormativity, enabledness, and nationalism. Finally, the paper critically examines the social hierarchies that are reaffirmed as a result of culturally embedded patriarchal, white supremacist, and neoliberal ideologies, and how rurality mediates the masculinist subjectivities that are produced in such spaces. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png "Gender, Place & Culture" Taylor & Francis

Gun rites: hegemonic masculinity and neoliberal ideology in rural Kansas

"Gender, Place & Culture" , Volume 22 (9): 17 – Oct 21, 2015

Gun rites: hegemonic masculinity and neoliberal ideology in rural Kansas

"Gender, Place & Culture" , Volume 22 (9): 17 – Oct 21, 2015

Abstract

Drawing upon empirical data from a qualitative research project in Southeast Kansas, this paper employs feminist and decolonial theories to analyse the interlocking relationality of hegemonic masculinity, neoliberal ideology, social conservatism, rurality, and gun culture. The first goal is to shed light on the subordinating and marginalizing tendencies that arise as a result of gendered conceptions of gun use. The second aim is to illustrate how gun culture is normalized, and often valorized, through individualistic narratives of self-reliance, security, protection, and defence. The third objective is to interrogate the ways in which particular material practices and gendered discourses regarding gun use are reinforced by settler colonialism, whiteness, heteronormativity, enabledness, and nationalism. Finally, the paper critically examines the social hierarchies that are reaffirmed as a result of culturally embedded patriarchal, white supremacist, and neoliberal ideologies, and how rurality mediates the masculinist subjectivities that are produced in such spaces.

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Taylor & Francis
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© 2014 Taylor & Francis
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1360-0524
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0966-369X
DOI
10.1080/0966369X.2014.970137
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Abstract

Drawing upon empirical data from a qualitative research project in Southeast Kansas, this paper employs feminist and decolonial theories to analyse the interlocking relationality of hegemonic masculinity, neoliberal ideology, social conservatism, rurality, and gun culture. The first goal is to shed light on the subordinating and marginalizing tendencies that arise as a result of gendered conceptions of gun use. The second aim is to illustrate how gun culture is normalized, and often valorized, through individualistic narratives of self-reliance, security, protection, and defence. The third objective is to interrogate the ways in which particular material practices and gendered discourses regarding gun use are reinforced by settler colonialism, whiteness, heteronormativity, enabledness, and nationalism. Finally, the paper critically examines the social hierarchies that are reaffirmed as a result of culturally embedded patriarchal, white supremacist, and neoliberal ideologies, and how rurality mediates the masculinist subjectivities that are produced in such spaces.

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"Gender, Place & Culture"Taylor & Francis

Published: Oct 21, 2015

Keywords: hegemonic masculinity; neoliberalism; rural; feminist geography; gun culture; interlocking analysis; settler colonialism; masculinidad hegemónica; neoliberalismo; rural; geografía feminista; cultura de las armas; análisis entrelazado; colonialismo de pobladores; 霸权男性气概; 新自由主义; 乡村; 女性主义地理学; 枪支文化; 连结分析; 移民殖民主义

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