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Discursive Constructions of White Nordic Masculinities in Right-wing Populist Media

  • Ov Cristian Norocel
  • Tuija Saresma
  • Tuuli Lähdesmäki
  • Maria Ruotsalainen
Publishing year: 2018-06-04
Language: English
Publication/Series: Men and Masculinities
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: SAGE Publications

Abstract english

Using superordinate intersectionality as a theoretical framework, this article explores notions of men and masculinities within right wing populism. It is attentive to how the right-wing populist media in Finland and Sweden construct white Nordic masculinities through discursive interactions across several axes of difference: gender (masculinities); sexuality (heterosexuality); social class (elites); and race (whitenesses). Employing Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) as methodological approach, we show how the discursive constructions of white Nordic masculinities are context contingent, rendering them subject to constant reinterpretation and repositioning, at times privileging some axes of social structuring over others. By drawing out the subtle similarities and discrete differences embedded in the discursive constructions of right-wing populist media, our approach gives a more fine-grained understanding of the nuance to men and masculinities in the study of right wing populism. By focusing on the European Nordic semi-periphery, our comparative analysis makes an original contribution, not only to the masculinities literature in general, but also to the growing scholarship concerned with the `crisis of masculinity' in the wider context of neoliberal globalizing tendencies.


  • Gender Studies
  • Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
  • Communication Studies
  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
  • International Migration and Ethnic Relations
  • critical discourse analysis
  • Finland
  • right-wing populism
  • superordinate intersectionality
  • Sweden


  • ISSN: 1097-184X
Cristian Norocel
E-mail: cristian [dot] norocel [at] genus [dot] lu [dot] se

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