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Book review: 'Neo-mateship' in the 21st century : changes in the performance of Australian masculinity. Karina J. Butera, Deakin University 2008.

Butera, Karina J. 2008, Book review: 'Neo-mateship' in the 21st century : changes in the performance of Australian masculinity. Karina J. Butera, Deakin University 2008., Journal of sociology, vol. 44, no. 3, pp. 265-281, doi: 10.1177/1440783308092884.

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Title Book review: 'Neo-mateship' in the 21st century : changes in the performance of Australian masculinity. Karina J. Butera, Deakin University 2008.
Author(s) Butera, Karina J.
Journal name Journal of sociology
Volume number 44
Issue number 3
Start page 265
End page 281
Total pages 17
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2008-09
ISSN 1440-7833
1741-2978
Keyword(s) Australian masculinities
Friendship
Gender
Goffman
Mateship
Symbolic interaction
Social Sciences
sociology
same sex
feminisation
Summary This article argues that 'traditional mateship', as the everyday practice of men's same-sex friendships, is a dying mode of relating in Australian culture. Using Goffman's dramaturgical model, the views of three generations of men are used to qualitatively explore three proposed sites of transformation in men's same-sex friendships. First, the shift from unquestioning group loyalty to individualistic, transient and contingent relationship choice; second, the move from guarded levels of disclosure to open expressiveness and willingness to display vulnerability; and finally the evolution from expecting and giving only practical support to providing both practical and emotional support. The narratives of the middle-aged cohort are used to illustrate the various role-distance strategies that were used to resist and rework gender scripts. The article concludes that, although the parameters of acceptable gendered behaviours in Australian men's friendships are expanding, they have not yet reached the breadth and depth found in 'pure' friendships, but could be described as a new type of mateship: neo-mateship.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1440783308092884
Field of Research 200299 Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C4 Letter or note
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30078537

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of History, Heritage and Society
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