Inclusive Masculinity and Facebook Photographs Among Early Emerging Adults at a British University

Scoats, Ryan (2015) Inclusive Masculinity and Facebook Photographs Among Early Emerging Adults at a British University. Journal of Adolescent Research, 32 (3). pp. 323-345. ISSN 0743-5584

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Abstract

Central to debates about the construction of masculinity in sociology is the influence of culture and what constitutes acceptable displays of masculinity. This article adopts a novel approach in examining this question. It adopts a summative content analysis, combined with a semiotic analysis, of 1,100 Facebook photographs, in order to explore the underlying meanings within the photos and the performances of masculinity. Facebook photographs from 44, straight, White, male, early emerging adults attending the same university are used as a representation of an individual’s ideal self. These are then analyzed in order to determine the behaviors endorsed by peer culture. It was found that the sample overwhelmingly adopted inclusive behaviors (including homosocial tactility, dancing, and kissing each other), and inclusive masculinity theory was utilized to contextualize participants’ constructions of masculinity. Thus, this research shows that emerging adult males at this university construct their masculine identities away from previous orthodox archetypes. It is argued that the reducing importance of gendered behavior patterns may represent an adoption of what are perceived as wider cultural norms and act as a symbol of adulthood to these early emerging adults.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L300 Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Centre for Media and Cultural Research
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Social Care, Health and Related Research (C-SHARR) > Health and Wellbeing
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Study of Practice and Culture in Education (C-SPACE) > Re-thinking Childhood
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Health Sciences
UoA Collections > UoA23: Sociology
UoA Collections > UoA36: Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management
Depositing User: Ryan Scoats
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2017 06:05
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2017 10:58
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5194

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