Sonja Briski Uzelac: Men's Anthropologies - On the Approach to the Construction of the Rule of Masculine Identity, 2017

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Men's Anthropologies - On the Approach to the Construction of the Rule of Masculine Identity

Sonja Briski Uzelac


Within the discussions in the sign of critique of the rationalist setting about the existence of a linear path of progress from the "mythical story" as a "prepositional" conception of the world to the logos as a scientific-rational (objective) way of thinking, Thus, the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu (1987) called his method of opening up to a "second" epistemology in which "understanding life stories" takes precedence over explaining the linear cause-effect chain (which also calls into question the prevailing opinion on the value neutrality of science). structuralist constructivism ”in social analysis. New theoretical and methodological premises in relation to "excessively rigid epistemological positions" create different platforms for critical views and insights into the way of construction (value-desirable) ways, patterns and rituals of social life and behavior. In these research approaches (culturally, anthropologically), forms of generating and presenting cultural and social constructions whose narratives show the identity presence of socially constituted structures in subjective experience become visible. Relying on the theoretical-analytical premises of Bourdieu (2001), we singled out the pattern of systematic coding of the dominance of masculine identity in the general economy of the exchange of symbolic goods. The text discusses the structural logic of the dominance of the social construction of masculinity in its cultural (collective and individual) figuration of identity. This figuration openly shows the mythical narrative, that is, the narrative that is not eternal, but which "perpetuates" (dehistorizes) the logic of the domination of male identity, and therefore we can speak of "male anthropology".

Key words: male anthropologies, rule of male identity, dispositions of symbolic power


* full text available on request.

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* The scientific research project Men's Manifesto was launched by CIMO - Center for Fashion and Clothing Research in 2014, when it was supported by the City Office for Culture, Education and Sports of the City of Zagreb and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia (2014-2019).

* The text is part of the research work on the project: Men's manifesto: construction of stereotypes and representations of "male fantasies" - clothing, appearance, typology and forms of social functioning of male power in the era of Yugoslav socialism, CIMO, 2015.

* Published a more extensive version of the text entitled: Sonja Briski Uzelac, Male Anthropology - on the approach to the construction of the mythical model of masculine identity, published in the collection Neomythologism in the culture of the 20th and 21st century, edited by Jasmina Vojvodić, Zagreb. Dispute, 2018, p. 79-89, from an international scientific conference organized in Zagreb at the Faculty of Philosophy (June 17-19, 2016).

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