The toxicity of industrial/breadwinner masculinities; when climate change denial and white supremacy meet

  • Date: –15:00
  • Location: Zoom
  • Lecturer: Martin Hultman, Associate Professor in Science-, Technology- and Environmental Studies, Chalmers University of Technology
  • Organiser: Centre for Gender Research
  • Contact person: Nicole Ovesen
  • Seminarium

This presentation will scrutinise a particular emblematic example of how anti-environmentalism and anti-feminism today overlap; that of Greta Thunberg.

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Abstract: The nexus of right-wing conservative values, anti-environment and anti-feminism has been pointed out by environmental sociologists, masculinities scholars and ecofeminist for a long time (McCright & Dunlap, 2011; Connell, 2017; & Gaard, 2017). The latest changes in the up-front political landscape globally (Bolsonaro, Trump, Johnson) digital ‘troll’ armies, value shifts among voters as well as party politics shifting more broadly towards far-right, have made this overlap even more visible. In the last couple of years this particular nexus has been has scrutinized in a more systematic way (e.g. Krange, 2019; Hultman., et al. 2019; Pule & Hultman, 2019) as well as been part of conceptually creativity and theory development proposing industrial masculinity, industrial/breadwinner masculinities and/or petromasculinity as ways of understanding how this goes together (e.g Anshelm & Hultman, 2014; Hultman, 2017; Daggett, 2018). With such analysis the toxicity of industrial/breadwinner masculinities might be understood as an expression of protecting group identity and justifying an industrial modern fossil fueled societal system that provides desired benefits for a small elite group as well as a larger ‘coal face’ strand of worker – and devastating effects for the rest of us. Drawing from results from these previous studies and the conceptualization of industrial/breadwinner masculinities this paper will scrutinize a particular emblematic example of how anti-environmentalism and anti-feminism today overlap; that of Greta Thunberg (Gelin, 2019).

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