Jockeying for position: The construction of masculine identities

Edley, Nigel and Wetherell, Margaret (1997). Jockeying for position: The construction of masculine identities. Discourse and Society, 8(2) pp. 203–217.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0957926597008002004

Abstract

In this paper we examine the construction of masculine identities within a real-life social situation. Using data from an extensive series of interviews with small groups of sixth-form (17-18-year-old) students attending a UK-based, single-sex independent school, the analysis looks at the action orientation of different constructions of identity. More specifically, it focuses upon how the identity talk of one particular group of students were oriented towards managing their subordinate status within the school. In a number of instances the identity of the `new man' was adopted as a strategy of resistance. However, it was found that the more common strategy involved buying back into values embodied within a more traditional definition of masculinity.

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