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Embodied intergenerationality: family position, place and masculinity

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The aim of this article is to further understandings of performances of family position, place and masculinity in what I call ‘embodied intergenerationality'. I build on research with 38 men across three generations within 19 families of Irish descent to discuss masculinity, intergenerationality and place. These men are living, or have recently lived, in the region known as Tyneside, in the North East of England. Secondary to this contribution is an acknowledgement of the significance of changing positionalities as research insider and participant observer by addressing both intersectional and intergenerational identities involved in geographic research. The article therefore responds to recent work in the discipline which has called for more critical attention towards experiences in the field, with its central contribution – embodied intergenerationality – advancing knowledge of masculinities and place for those who analyse masculinities within the research encounter. This work explores the performances and relationalities of masculinities amongst men of Irish descent on Tyneside as well as between the participants and the researcher. In working with men of different ages both within and between families, I draw conclusions on masculinity, intergenerationality and place: the roles of researcher and participant can become embodied as ‘son' and ‘father' in the research encounter and where the research takes place matters.
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Keywords: Irish; Tyneside; embodied; encarnado; hombres; intergeneracionalidad; intergenerationality; irland├ęs; masculinidades; masculinities; men

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne,NE1 7RU, UK

Publication date: February 7, 2015

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