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Masculinities on Television

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This chapter focuses on types of male images in recent TV dramas as constructs, and examines the function of popular culture in constructing and articulating different gender images. The representation of masculinity in the drama registers tensions in Chinese culture that arise from geographical diversity. Pervasive stereotypes of regional gender and masculinity posit men from the south of China as feminine and men from the north as masculine. Homosociality is a key to the study of pre-modern Chinese masculinity, because the male-male relationship played an important role in the construction of masculinity than did the male-female relationship. Late imperial China was a society where the dominant channels of social mobility ensured that men would spend the better part of their social life interacting exclusively with other men. This was a culture where one could expect homosocial bonding to reach the state of a very high art.

Keywords: Chinese masculinity; gender images; homosociality; TV dramas



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