Dr Andrea Waling, executive board member of AMSA and the Australian Women and Gender Studies Association, and Research Fellow/Lecturer at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society, La Trobe University, has recently published a book, White Masculinity in Contemporary Australia: The Good Ol’ Aussie Bloke (Routledge Press, 2019).
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.
In her review, Professor Barbara Pini writes: “In this engaging and timely book Waling draws on a range of rich data to examine historical shifts and continuities in representations of Australian masculinity, and to investigate how masculinity is currently lived and understood. Through a nuanced analysis she gives us unique insight into the contradictions and tensions of contemporary manhood.”
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If you are in Melbourne, Australia October 1st 2019, come along to the book launch!