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Dominant Masculinity Construction in a Motorcycle Club
by Byrd, Anne S., Ph.D., Fielding Graduate University, 2017, 125; 10624207
Abstract (Summary)

This study uses life-history interviews with militarized men to describe a version of masculinity constructed in the local context of a non-profit motorcycle club. The study describes the details of one group’s specific gender nature, the result of which expands and challenges our understanding of the masculinity master narrative. The findings establish that both hegemonic and nonhegemonic attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors co-exist in the local dominant masculine norm, thereby disrupting traditional distinctions of masculinity as being either hegemonic or nonhegemonic. Key future research implications support the study of context as essential to the study of gender construction, challenge descriptions of masculinity as being either hegemonic or nonhegemonic, and posit the relevance of veteran peer groups in supporting post-military resocialization.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gallegos, Placida
Commitee: Dirkx, John, Lankenau, Matthew, Rosenthal, Patrice, Schapiro, Steven
School: Fielding Graduate University
Department: The School of Human and Organization Development
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 79/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Organizational behavior, Gender studies
Keywords: Dominant masculinity, Fraternity, Hegemonic masculinity, Militarism, Motorcycle club, Nonhegemonic masculinity
Publication Number: 10624207
ISBN: 978-0-355-23350-6
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