Nobody cares for men anymore : Affective-discursive practices around men’s victimisation across online and offline contexts

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Venäläinen , S 2021 , ' Nobody cares for men anymore : Affective-discursive practices around men’s victimisation across online and offline contexts ' , European Journal of Cultural Studies . https://doi.org/10.1177/13675494211021097

Title: Nobody cares for men anymore : Affective-discursive practices around men’s victimisation across online and offline contexts
Author: Venäläinen, Satu
Contributor organization: Academic Disciplines of the Faculty of Social Sciences
Social Psychology
Date: 2021
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: European Journal of Cultural Studies
ISSN: 1367-5494
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/13675494211021097
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/336090
Abstract: Men's victimisation is a central topic in online discussions, particularly in the manosphere, where its emphasis is often combined with a strong anti-feminist stance. This article examines the interplay of affects and discourse in meaning-making around men's victimisation both in online discussions and among social and crisis workers asked to comment upon meanings circulating online. By using the concept of affective-discursive practice, the analysis shows how this meaning-making reiterates socially shared interpretative repertoires and positionings that mobilise affects based on sympathy, anger and hate. Furthermore, the article demonstrates how the practitioners respond to these affective meanings by adopting positions of responsibility, while also redirecting and neutralising online affect. The article contributes to knowledge on the interaction between online and offline meaning-making around men's victimisation, and to building an understanding of affects and discourse in seemingly moderate meaning-making around this topic that however resonates and links with the more extreme anti-feminism of the manosphere.
Subject: 5144 Social psychology
VIOLENCE
Intimate partner violence
Masculinity
victimhood
gender studies
Gender relations
manosphere
men's rights
AFFECT
DISCOURSE
critical discursive psychology
Anti-feminism
online
PROFESSIONALS
affective-discursive practice
men's rights
Men's victimization
Intimate partner violence
Anti-feminism
gender
manosphere
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: publishedVersion


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