Affirmative Reaction New Formations of White Masculinity

ISBN-10: 0822349485

ISBN-13: 9780822349488

Edition: 2011

Authors: Hamilton Carroll

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Affirmative Reactionexplores the cultural politics of heteronormative white masculine privilege in the United States. Through close readings of texts ranging from the popular television drama24to the Marvel Comics miniseriesThe Call of Duty, and from the reality showAmerican Chopperto the movieMillion Dollar Baby, Hamilton Carroll argues that the true privilege of white masculinity-and its defining strategy-is not to be unmarked, universal, or invisible, but to be mobile and mutable. He describes how, in response to the perceived erosions of privilege produced by postcivil rights era identity politics, white masculinity has come to rely on the very discourses of difference that unsettled its claims on the universal; it has redefined itself as a marginalized identity. ThroughoutAffirmative Reaction, Carroll examines the kinds of difference white masculinity claims for itself as it attempts to hold onto or maintain majority privilege. Whether these are traditional sites of minority difference-such as Irishness, white trash, or domestic melodrama-or reworked sites of masculinist investment-including laboring bodies, public-sphere politics, and vigilantism-the outcome is the same: the foregrounding of white masculinity over and against women, people of color, and the non-heteronormative. By revealing the strategies through which white masculinity is produced as a formal difference, Carroll sheds new light on the ways that privilege is accrued and maintained.
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 1/25/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Introduction White Masculinities and the Politics of Representation
Affective Time and the War on Terror
Jack Bauer's Extraordinary Rendition: Neoliberal Melodrama and the Ethics of Torture
Future Perfect: "Everyday Heroes" and the New Exceptionalism
Embodying Difference
Whiteness, Class, and the Postindustrial Subject
Men's Soaps: Automotive Television Programming and Contemporary Working-Class Masculinities
"My Skin Is It Startin' to Work to My Benefit Now?": Eminem's White Trash Aesthetic
Daddy's Home
Family Melodrama and the Fictions of State
The Fighting Irish: Ethnic Whiteness and Million Dollar Baby
Romancing the Nation: Family Melodrama and the Sentimental Logics of Neoliberalism
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