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A Discourse Analysis of Masculinity Construction as Climate Change Denial: Hegemonic Masculinity Pushes Back
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Humanities.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Sustainable development
The essay/thesis is mainly on sustainable development according to the University's criteria
Abstract [en]

This thesis sets out to understand if climate change denial is a way in which industrial hegemonic masculinity is constructed through American conservative political discourse. Rooted in ecofeminist theory and feminist discourse analysis, its main material is the Republican Platform of 2016 with the addition of Fox News and statements by Republican high-profile politicians. It focuses on the presence of value dualisms based on masculinity/culture as opposed to femininity/nature. It finds that hegemonic industrial masculinity devalues femininity and nature as one through the promotion of traditional values of independence, growth and development. It concludes that hegemonic masculinity’s push-back against nature-as-femininity in the time of climate change is a gendered struggle over power.

Abstract [sv]

Den här uppsatsen söker att förstå om klimatförändringsförnekelse är ett sätt genom vilket hegemonisk industriell maskulinitet konstrueras socialt i konservativ amerikansk politisk diskurs. Uppsatsen har sin grund i feministisk kritisk diskursanalys och ekofeministisk teori, med material bestående av Republikanska partiets valmanifest från 2016, i kombination med Fox News och uttalanden från högt uppsatta republikanska politiker. Huvudsakligt fokus är förekomsten av värdedualismer baserade på maskulinitet/kultur som motsats till femininitet/natur. Uppsatsen finner att hegemonisk industriell maskulinitet nedvärderar femininitet och natur tillsammans då värden knutna till maskulinitet såsom självständighet, tillväxt och utveckling ses som ideal. Den finner även att hegemonisk maskulinitets motstånd mot natur-som-femininitet i en tid präglad av klimatförändringar kan ses som en genusbaserad maktkamp.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 41 p.
Keyword [en]
industrial masculinity, hegemonic masculinity, climate change denial, Republican, ecofeminism, feminist critical discourse analysis, dualisms
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Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-24409OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-24409DiVA: diva2:1112375
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Gender Studies
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no programme (freestanding course)
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Available from: 2017-06-26 Created: 2017-06-20 Last updated: 2017-06-27Bibliographically approved

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