Working-Class Masculinities at the Nexus of Work, Family and Intimacy in the Age of Neoliberalism: Or, Are the Times Really A-Changin’?
This chapter investigates the often unexplored area of families and intimacy as they relate to the performance of working-class masculinity in Australia. Relying on research conducted in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis, it will illustrate how traditional gendered notions still abound in relation to work and labour. However, new, more transgressive ways of doing parenting and partnership are becoming more prevalent in the private sphere. I shall consider intimacy, fathering and the ‘family’ as sites where class and gender intersect in unique ways. In particular, I want to explore whether various conditions that are aligned with being working class in fact create spaces within the working- class family for the challenging of gendered social ‘norms’, and whether these spaces and conditions offer new ways of ‘doing gender’ that challenge the hegemony of neoliberal discourses.
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