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Masculinity, Marginalization and Violence: A Case Study of the English Defence League

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posted on 30.05.2012, 12:33 by James Treadwell, Jon Garland
In this article, we use three case studies, undertaken with young, white, working-class men involved in the English Defence League, to examine how they construct a specific form of violent masculinity. We argue that these accounts demonstrate that violence is socio-structurally generated but also individually psychologically justified, because these young men turn experiences of acute inequality and disenchantment into inner psychological scripts that justify their own 'heroic' status when involved in violent confrontation. We suggest that these feelings of disadvantage and marginalization prompt resentment and anger in young males who feel their voices are not being heard. This disenchantment manifests itself through externalized hostility, resentment and fury directed at the scapegoat for their ills: the Islamic 'other'.

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Citation

British Journal of Criminology, 2011, 51 (4), pp. 621-634

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCE/Department of Criminology

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

British Journal of Criminology

Publisher

Oxford University Press

issn

0007-0955

eissn

1464-3529

Copyright date

2011

Available date

04/04/2013

Publisher version

http://bjc.oxfordjournals.org/content/51/4/621

Notes

This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in British Journal of Criminology following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version British Journal of Criminology, Volume 51, Issue 4, pp. 621-634 is available online at: http://bjc.oxfordjournals.org/content/51/4/621

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en