Doing gender by not doing gender in eco-communities: Masculine identity talk within a “gender-neutral” worldview

Marion Pajumets*, Jeff Hearn

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Is ecological sensitivity sufficient for revolutionising gender relations? Are eco-communities sites from where new masculinities can arise that are truly caring towards nature as well as women, other men and further genders? Could eco-villages be hatcheries of “ecological masculinity”? We present Estonian men eco-communards’ “gender-neutral holistic worldview” comprising discourses of “ecology”, “sustainable economy”, “re-establishing community”, and “spirituality” as an exemplary case for studying doing gender by not doing gender deliberately or explicitly. Analysis of open-ended interviews with eco-communard men, and the articles they published in Estonian media identifies the presence of, and negotiations between, varied masculine subject positions in talking of their green worldview. Thus, gender may be implicitly constructed as an undercurrent of “other” pursuits that are presented as having little or nothing to do with gender power relations. Practices, interactions and identities are rarely gender-neutral, despite some perceptions and appearances to the contrary. This approach examining the multiple masculinity/ies within a “gender-neutral” material-discursive field also has further relevance for discerning the implicit maintenance of social divisions and power relations in other contexts.
Titel på värdpublikationMen, Masculinities, and Earth : Contending with the (m)Anthropocene
RedaktörerPaul M. Pulé, Martin Hultman
Antal sidor17
FörlagPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (tryckt)978-3-030-54485-0, 978-3-030-54488-1
ISBN (elektroniskt)978-3-030-54486-7
StatusPublicerad - 2021
MoE-publikationstypA3 Del av bok eller annat samlingsverk


NamnPalgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology
FörlagPalgrave Macmillan
ISSN (tryckt)2730-972X
ISSN (elektroniskt)2730-9738


  • 514,1 Sociologi

Styrkeområden och områden med hög potential (AoS och AoHP)

  • AoS: Ansvarsfull organisering


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