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Cheer up emo kid: rethinking the ‘crisis of masculinity’ in emo
Örebro University, School of Music, Theatre and Art. Department of Sociology, Wentworth College, University of York, York, United Kingdom. (Aestethics, Culture and Media)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9067-9496
2014 (English)In: Popular Music, ISSN 0261-1430, E-ISSN 1474-0095, Vol. 33, no 2, 225-242 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

‘Emo’, an abbreviation of the word ‘emotional’, is a term both used to describe music which places public emphasis on introspective displays of emotion and a pejorative phrase applied to fans of a diverse range of music. It is overwhelmingly male-dominated in terms of production and it has been suggested that the development of emo can be explained with reference to a ‘crisis in masculinity’. This implies that explicit, male emotional expression is historically incompatible with the performance of Western ‘masculinity’. This article first briefly explores how emo emerged and how it has been linked to the idea of a crisis. It then moves on to conduct a lyrical, discursive analysis around three themes: emotional expression and relationships; overt chauvinism; and ‘beta male misogyny’. Through these concepts I suggest that, rather than indicating a crisis or ‘softening’ of masculinity, there are actually a number of historical continuities with masculinities as a means of sustaining gendered inequalities.

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Cambridge University Press, 2014. Vol. 33, no 2, 225-242 p.
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Musicology
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Musicology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-36257DOI: 10.1017/S0261143014000300ISI: 000333969700003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-36257DiVA: diva2:742329
Available from: 2014-09-01 Created: 2014-09-01 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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