The Organizational Construction of Hegemonic Masculinity: The Case of the U.S. Navy


Barrett, Frank. 1996. "The Organizational Construction of Hegemonic Masculinity: The Case of the U.S. Navy." Gender, Work & Organization 3 (3): 129-42. 

Author: Frank J. Barrett


This article examines the construction of hegemonic masculinity within the US Navy. Based on life history interviews with 27 male officers, this study explores alternative discourses and identities of officers from three different communities in the Navy: aviation, surface warfare, and the supply corps. Definitions of masculinity are relationally constructed through associations of difference: aviators tend to draw upon themes of autonomy and risk taking; surface warfare officers draw upon themes of perseverance and endurance; and supply officers draw upon themes of technical rationality. Further, these masculinities depend upon various contrasting definitions of femininity. Finally, this article explores a series of contradictions that threaten the secure construction of masculinity within this military culture.

Topics: Combatants, Male Combatants, Gender, Men, Masculinity/ies, Gendered Power Relations, Military Forces & Armed Groups, Militaries Regions: Americas, North America Countries: United States of America

Year: 1996

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