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Masculinities at Work

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How do men perform work-related masculinities, and how are these masculinities constructed discursively? This chapter investigates these questions. Conceptions of work-related masculinities are central to transformations in ideas and practices of personhood and social relations in contemporary China. The chapter begins with an account of the conceptual and theoretical approaches that underlie one's arguments. Through ethnographic material, it examines the structuring of different classes of work-related masculinities, the notion that there are equal opportunities in the workplace, the significance of the figure of the "strong woman", and a lawyer's account of the gendered formations and organizational structures that work to men's advantage in a law firm. The chapter takes a closer look at the pressures and stresses to which private-sector white-collar men feel susceptible as well as the differences between them and their public-sector counterparts. It concentrates on analyzing representations of men and masculinities in mass media and popular culture.

Keywords: contemporary China; equal opportunities; work-related masculinities



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