Young masculinities and right-wing populism in Australia

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Nilan, Pamela ORCID: 0000-0003-2092-2179, Roose, Joshua M ORCID: 0000-0002-7689-9652, Peucker, Mario ORCID: 0000-0003-1759-2578 and Turner, Bryan (2023) Young masculinities and right-wing populism in Australia. Youth, 3 (1). pp. 285-299.


This paper offers insights into the nexus of youth, masculinity, and right-wing populism in Australia. Here, we make reference to a wide body of international literature that suggests some affinity between disenfranchised (white) working-class young men and radical right ideas. Survey data were collected for a project on masculinity and the far right in Australia. A total of 203 young male informants worked primarily in ‘blue collar’ sectors of the Australian labour force. Some survey responses located them partly or potentially within the field of the populist right-wing, with many expressing anti-government sentiments and the discourse of white male victimhood. The majority were nostalgic for stereotypical masculinity. While right-wing populist movements across the world certainly differ, they often share a discourse promoting traditional gender roles.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.3390/youth3010019
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Subjects Current > FOR (2020) Classification > 4410 Sociology
Current > Division/Research > Institute for Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities
Keywords youth, masculinity, right wing populism, gender roles
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