Exploring Industrial, Ecomodern, and Ecological Masculinities


Hultman, Martin. 2017. “Exploring Industrial, Ecomodern, and Ecological Masculinities.” In Routledge Handbook of Gender and Environment, edited by Sherilyn MacGregor, 239-53. London: Routledge.

Author: Martin Hultman


“This chapter introduces, and endeavours to situate historically, the study of masculinities in environmental politics. I discuss three concepts – ‘industrial masculinities’, ‘ecomodern masculinities’, and’ ecological masculinities’ – and illustrate them by drawing on findings from empirical research that I have developed at length elsewhere (Hultman 2013, 2014b, 2015; Anshelm and Hultman 2014a; Hultman and Pulé forthcoming). Examples from the discourse of climate change scepticism in the United States and Sweden, from mainstream American politics, and from sustainable transitions in New Zealand provide insights into how different forms of masculinities are performed against the backdrop of political, social, and environmental change. This empirical research enables me to theorize how three distinct discourses have been co-constructed with figurations (or types) of masculinities that have developed within environmental politics. Exploring these different figurations and their discursive construction opens up space for further research on how masculinities shape and are shaped by environmental politics” (Hultman 2017, 239). 

Topics: Environment, Climate Change, Gender, Masculinity/ies

Year: 2017

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