Spanning the disciplines of sociology, history, media and cultural studies, and popular culture, this book offers a historical exploration of Australian masculine tropes and an examination of contemporary representations of masculinity in the media. With attention to a range of thematic issues, including race, gender, sexuality, mythmaking, media representation, class, and nationality, it draws on new qualitative research and interview material to investigate the ways in which everyday Australian men take up or reject such ideas. White Masculinity in Contemporary Australia thus explores the contradictory resistance to and adoration of ideals of masculinity, forms of Othering used to differentiate the practice of "good" masculinity from that of "bad" masculinity, the relationship between heterosexuality, masculinity and Australian sporting culture as central to ideals of masculinity, and the existence of differing pressures to be masculine. As such it will appeal to scholars across the social sciences with interests in gender and sexuality, Australian studies, and contemporary popular culture.
Andrea Waling is a Research Fellow at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University, Australia.
1. Swagmen, Surfers, and ANZACS: Uncovering the "Aussie" Male Trope
2. Consumerism and the Revival of the Aussie Bloke
3. Masculinity in Australian Popular Television
4. Defining "Masculinity"
5. Fathers, Footy, and WAGs
6. Devolution of the Australian Male Trope
7. Affirmation and Rejection of Masculinity