Communicating Marginalized Masculinities: Identity Politics in TV, Film, and New Media

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Ronald L. Jackson, Jamie E. Moshin
Routledge, 2013 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 254 pages
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For years, research concerning masculinities has explored the way that men have dominated, exploited, and dismantled societies, asking how we might make sense of marginalized masculinities in the context of male privilege. This volume asks not only how terms such as men and masculinity are socially defined and culturally instantiated, but also how the media has constructed notions of masculinity that have kept minority masculinities on the margins. Essays explore marginalized masculinities as communicated through film, television, and new media, visiting representations and marginalized identity politics while also discussing the dangers and pitfalls of a media pedagogy that has taught audiences to ignore, sidestep, and stereotype marginalized group realities. While dominant portrayals of masculine versus feminine characters pervade numerous television and film examples, this collection examines heterosexual and queer, military and civilian, as well as Black, Japanese, Indian, White, and Latino masculinities, offering a variance in masculinities and confronting male privilege as represented on screen, appealing to a range of disciplines and a wide scope of readers.

 

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Contents

Communicating Marginalized Masculinities
1
Online Meditations on Race and Masculinity
17
2 Is that a PC in Your Pocket or is it Something More? The Newton PDA and WhiteCollar Masculinity
33
Bollywood Icons versus TechNTalk
49
The Male Dancer Masculinity and Race in Film
65
Masculinity and Race in District 9
80
GI Joe and Black Masculinity
99
Japanese American Masculinity in Conscience and the Constitution
114
Barack Obama and the American Dream
144
Masculinity and Race in Popular Television
159
Tracing the Progression of Portrayals of Fatherhood
174
Melancholia Race and Carnival in the MultiMedia Works of Mario Prata
189
Reflections on Mario Lopez Ballroom Dancing and Latino Masculinity
203
Black Mens Performances of Masculinity and Race in Prison
218
Contributors
233
Index
237

Black Masculinity in Drag
128

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Ronald L. Jackson II is Professor and Head of African American Studies and Professor of Media & Cinema Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Jamie Moshin is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Marietta College, USA.

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