Off the leash and out of control : masculinities and embodiment in eastern European stag tourism
Thurnell-Read, Thomas. (2011) Off the leash and out of control : masculinities and embodiment in eastern European stag tourism. Sociology, Vol.45 (No.6). pp. 977-991. ISSN 0038-0385Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038511416149
Entrenched conceptions of masculinity have constructed the male body as bounded and controlled. This article discusses the centrality of a particular construction of the male body to the phenomenon of British premarital stag party tourism to Eastern European cities. Drawing on data from participant-observation in Kraków, Poland, it is shown that the tour participants enact an embodied masculinity which is unruly and unrestrained. The stag tour experience is embodied through the use of clothing and incidences of nudity, public urination and vomiting, and the detrimental physical effects of heavy alcohol consumption. This embodiment is self-destructive and frequently self-parodic. The failures of participants to sustain a controlled and contained body are celebrated as part of the enactment of a boisterous masculinity. This represents a release from normative pressures concerning the male body but, with transgression being only temporary, also acts to support the ritualistic reinscription of a wider hegemonic masculinity.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
|Divisions:||Other > Institute of Advanced Study
Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
|Journal or Publication Title:||Sociology|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Number of Pages:||15|
|Page Range:||pp. 977-991|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Funder:||Economic and Social Research Council|
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