Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12259/49103
Type of publication: Straipsnis kituose recenzuojamuose leidiniuose / Article in other peer-reviewed editions (S5)
Field of Science: Sociologija / Sociology (S005)
Author(s): Tereškinas, Artūras
Title: Men and Social Suffering in Contemporary Lithuania
Is part of: Anthropology of East Europe review [elektroninis išteklius]. Chicago : DePaul University, 2010, Vol. 28, no. 1
Extent: p. 23-39
Date: 2010
Keywords: Vyriškumas;Lyčių studijos;Socialinis kentėjimas;Socialinė atskirtis;Mosculinity;Gender studies;Social suffering;Social exclusion
Abstract: A great number of men in Eastern Europe affected by rapid social, economic and political developments suffer severe marginalization due to their age, disability, ethnicity, sexuality, class, etc. This article focuses on Lithuanian working-class men. Analyzing 20 semi-structured interviews with working class men, it asks how these men attempt to create their personal and group identities and to articulate their lives. Why are some of them unable to construct satisfactory life narratives and succumb to the feelings of depression, anxiety, insecurity and despair? I argue that the re-creation of an independent Lithuanian state in 1990 went along with the political project of normalization of the Lithuanian masculinity and even more intensive pathologization of socially marginalized male bodies. Interviews with the working class men reveal that they accept their inferior status in the world of “successful” manhood. However, the pressures of normative subjectivities imbue the corporeal identities of working-class men with depression, exclusion, anxiety and insecurity. Public marginalization of working-class men makes their attempts at hegemonic normative masculinity look like some kind of a cul-de-sac. They cope with it by adopting self-destructive practices (drinking, violence, etc.). The article concludes that the violent forms of normalization, male norms and powerlessness in Lithuanian society not only create complicit marginalized men but also produce silent inequalities, social isolation and the lack of public access
Internet: http://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/aeer/article/view/652/745
http://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/aeer/article/view/652/745
Affiliation(s): Socialinių mokslų fakultetas
Sociologijos katedra
Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Appears in Collections:Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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