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Editorial by Tereza Kuldova

‚Extreme Masculinities #1‘ is a special issue that emerged out of the international conference Extreme Masculinities, which I have organized on behalf of the Extreme Anthropology Research Network (extreme-anthropology.com) at the University of Vienna between 28th September and 1st October 2017. This is the first of two special issues of JEA devoted to the topic.

Extreme Masculinities #1


Kill all Normies | Book by Angela Nagle – 2017

Revenge of the Nerds Full Text

Recidivist Masculinity, Identity Politics and the Online ‘Culture Wars’

By Udith Dematagoda

This paper is longform commentary and analysis of Angela Nagle’s recent work Kill All Normies Online culture wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the alt-right. It explores the work’s relevance to ‚Extreme Masculinties‘, and places it within the context of the contemporary political situation.

The work’s main thesis on the aesthetic and libidinal forms and characteristics of the ‚Alt-Right‘ are heavily interrogated and placed within the historical context of previous ‚crises‘ in masculinity. This analysis proceeds to further explore the existence of this contemporary crisis through the broader spectrum of identity politics, and its problematic ideological conflicts and consequences.

Revenge of the Nerds


Declining to Decline Full Text

Aged Tough Guys in ‚The Expendables‘ 1&2

By Lisa-Nike Bühring

Old age in western cultures under current neo-liberal ideology is increasingly linked to notions of decline, frailty and dependence as it is often equated with being unproductive and a burden to society. This case study is based on the belief that in order to change socio-cultural patterns one must first understand them. Consequently, this article aims to analyse the socio-cultural (re)production of narratives of ageing in general and particularly of narratives of male ageing – a topic often neglected in academic debates of ageing.

Mass media represent today a major source for the development and maintenance of hegemonic socio-cultural standards.  As such their products need to be taken seriously even if their content might seem superficial and frivolous. A critical analysis of the commercially highly successful Hollywood action films The Expendables and The Expendables 2 will shed light on the cultural narratives of male ageing revealed in the two films and subsequently support a better understanding of the strategies used to transform narratives of decline commonly linked to ageing into stories of success and progress.

Declining to Decline


The Hyperreal Gambler Full Text

On the Visual Construction of Men in Online Poker Ads

Jukka Jouhki

Online poker, like gambling in general, is predominantly a male activity. Thus, poker ads most often depict men as their protagonists. According to Jean Baudrillard, advertising can be seen as a ‘plebiscite whereby mass consumer society wages a perpetual campaign of self- endorsement.’ Ads often use stereotypical imagery for establishing a shared experience of identification with the consumer, and since their role is to sell rather than to portray the realities of life, they often have an exaggerated and monolithic – or, hyperreal – way of representing gender.

This article offers an analysis of the ways in which men are portrayed in the ads of Poker Magazine Finland in the volume of 2009 (all six issues), at the peak of the so-called online poker boom.Theoretically, the article draws on postmodern theorists such as Jean Baudrillard and particularly on his concept of hyperreality (exaggerated and media-saturated reality) to analyze the way males are portrayed in the ads in question.

The Hyperreal Gambler


Extreme Masculinities #1 Full Issue

Facehunting: Empathy, Masculinity and Violence among the Bugkalot

By Henrik Hvenegaard Mikkelsen

Angels with Dirty Faces: Gosha Rubchinskiy and the Politics of Style

By Graham Roberts

Extreme Losers: On Excess and Profitless Expenditure in Male Gambler Practices

By Marco Pedroni

Bandas beyond their ‘Ethnographic Present’: Neoliberalism and the Possibility of Meaning in Mexico City

By Adina Radosh Sverdlin

Burhan Wani and the Masculinities of the Indian State

By Fabian Alexander Hartwell

What Drives the Rise of the Right?

By Tereza Kuldova

Cockfighting in Venezuela: Capitalist Paroxysm within a State Controlled Economy

By Henry Moncrieff Zabaleta

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