Extreme Masculinities #1 Full Issue
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.
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.
Declining to Decline Full Text
Aged Tough Guys in ‚The Expendables‘ 1&2
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.
The Hyperreal Gambler Full Text
On the Visual Construction of Men in Online Poker Ads
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.
Extreme Masculinities #1 Full Issue
By Henrik Hvenegaard Mikkelsen
By Graham Roberts
By Marco Pedroni
Bandas beyond their ‘Ethnographic Present’: Neoliberalism and the Possibility of Meaning in Mexico City
By Adina Radosh Sverdlin
By Fabian Alexander Hartwell
By Tereza Kuldova
By Henry Moncrieff Zabaleta