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Muscles, Moustaches and Machismo: Narratives of Masculinity by Egyptian English-Language Media Professionals and Media Audiences
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies, Middle Eastern Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5657-6493
2018 (English)In: Masculinities: a journal of identity and culture, ISSN 2148-3841, no 9-10, p. 197-225Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study utilizes ethnographic methods to inquire how ideas of masculinities are perceived by English-language media professionals and media audiences in Egypt. Using semi-structured interviews and a survey, the aim is to find common narratives on how masculinity is perceived on personal levels and what terms are used to describe men and masculinities, which in turn can be used as the basis for further analysis of Egyptian media content. The word “narrative” in itself is used to convey personal experience, and the telling of those experiences, rather than generalizable data applicable to the larger population. Found are several common themes, such as emphasized heterosexuality, and the expectation of men as providers and protectors, which is related, by the respondents, to the nation and the military. Protection and militarism relates to ideas of strength, honor, and courage. Men are almost exclusively seen as possessors of power. The ‘head of the household,’ and the head of state, both portrayed as iconized leaders, emerge as the quintessence of Egyptian masculine identity, whether that identity is contested or not.

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2018. no 9-10, p. 197-225
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masculinities, media, audiences, Egypt, identity, gender expression
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-160361OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-160361DiVA, id: diva2:1249663
Available from: 2018-09-20 Created: 2018-09-20 Last updated: 2019-03-12Bibliographically approved

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