Populism, ontological insecurity and gendered nationalism: Masculinity, climate denial and Covid-19

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Populism, ontological insecurity and gendered nationalism: Masculinity, climate denial and Covid-19. / Agius , Christine ; Bergman Rosamond, Annika; Kinnvall, Catarina.

I: Politics, Religion and Ideology, Vol. 21, Nr. 4, 2021, s. 432-450.

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T1 - Populism, ontological insecurity and gendered nationalism: Masculinity, climate denial and Covid-19

AU - Agius , Christine

AU - Bergman Rosamond, Annika

AU - Kinnvall, Catarina

PY - 2021

Y1 - 2021

N2 - This article proceeds from a critical analysis of gendered narratives of nationhood as manifested in far-right populist politics and discourses in response to major security challenges. We focus on how such narratives exemplify gendered nationalism and inform the discourses of populist political leaders and their followers, with a particular focus on the USA and the UK. We proceed from an engagement with the ontological security literature to show how masculine imaginations and fantasies of fear, hate and anger—‘toxic masculinity’—are in fact gendered responses to ontological insecurity across two major cases of insecurity: climate change and the global coronavirus pandemic. The global coronavirus pandemic and climate denialism have gendered dimensions in populist, masculine discourses, as exemplified in the response to the climate activist Greta Thunberg and to the rejection of experts and lockdown measures in the case of Covid-19. A key contention is that the reinvention of ‘nationhood’, along gendered lines, has created a foundation for governing practices in which hegemonic discourses turn into normalizing narratives that justify masculinist responses to ontological insecurity.

AB - This article proceeds from a critical analysis of gendered narratives of nationhood as manifested in far-right populist politics and discourses in response to major security challenges. We focus on how such narratives exemplify gendered nationalism and inform the discourses of populist political leaders and their followers, with a particular focus on the USA and the UK. We proceed from an engagement with the ontological security literature to show how masculine imaginations and fantasies of fear, hate and anger—‘toxic masculinity’—are in fact gendered responses to ontological insecurity across two major cases of insecurity: climate change and the global coronavirus pandemic. The global coronavirus pandemic and climate denialism have gendered dimensions in populist, masculine discourses, as exemplified in the response to the climate activist Greta Thunberg and to the rejection of experts and lockdown measures in the case of Covid-19. A key contention is that the reinvention of ‘nationhood’, along gendered lines, has created a foundation for governing practices in which hegemonic discourses turn into normalizing narratives that justify masculinist responses to ontological insecurity.

U2 - 10.1080/21567689.2020.1851871

DO - 10.1080/21567689.2020.1851871

M3 - Article

VL - 21

SP - 432

EP - 450

JO - Politics, Religion and Ideology

JF - Politics, Religion and Ideology

SN - 2156-7689

IS - 4

ER -