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6-27-2012

"Doing it For The Dudes": A Comparative Ethnographic Study of Performative Masculinity in Heavy Metal and Hardcore Subcultures John Ike Sewell Jr. Georgia State University

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“DOING IT FOR THE DUDES”: A COMPARATIVE ETHNOGRAPHIC STUDY OF PERFORMATIVE MASCULINITY IN HEAVY METAL AND HARDCORE SUBCULTURES

by J. IKE SEWELL Under the Direction of Dr. Marian Meyers ABSTRACT This ethnographic study compares and contrasts performative masculinities of the maledominated heavy metal (HM) and hardcore (HC) subcultures. Conclusions derived from this research indicate the following: identities associated with HM and HC conflate masculinity with working-classness; HM and HC identities (and thus masculinities) are merging at present; participation in HM and HC enclaves can serve to symbolically marginalize constituents, and this symbolic marginalization can result in repercussions in the lived world outside of subculture; the hegemonic masculinity of HM and HC subcultures is double-edged masculinity, meaning that it supports the male-dominated structure of mainstream culture without empowering HM and HC males in an extra-subcultural sense; and that despite these negative ramifications, HM and HC participants still find the shared identities and community interaction of these enclaves to be empowering.

INDEX WORDS: Heavy metal, Hardcore, Subculture, Masculinity, Performativity, Gender, Class, Ideology, Rock music, Identity, Double-edged masculinity, Proud pariah

“DOING IT FOR THE DUDES”: A COMPARATIVE ETHNOGRAPHIC STUDY OF PERFORMATIVE MASCULINITY IN HEAVY METAL AND HARDCORE SUBCULTURES

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J. IKE SEWELL

A Dissertation Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences Georgia State University 2012

Copyright by J. Ike Sewell 2012

“DOING IT FOR THE DUDES”: A COMPARATIVE ETHNOGRAPHIC STUDY OF PERFORMATIVE MASCULINITY IN HEAVY METAL AND HARDCORE SUBCULTURES

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J. IKE SEWELL

Committee Chair:

Committee:

Marian J. Meyers

Tomasz Tabako Ted Friedman Patricia G. Davis Megan J. Sinnott

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Office of Graduate Studies College of Arts and Sciences Georgia State University August 2012

iv ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Topmost on my thank you list is Dr. Marian Meyers, who was brave enough to step at a crucial juncture. Thank you, Dr. Meyers, for your righteous (but not self-righteous) insights, patience, accessibility and positivity through what may probably seemed an arduous and thankless undertaking. If karma points are ever handed out, you’ll get yours. But as we have already established, no good deed goes unpunished. Special thanks go to Dr. Tomasz Tabako, my first mentor at Georgia State who introduced me to rhetorical theory and inspired me to take a different academic direction at the beginning of my doctoral studies. Your intellect is so astounding that it’s almost scary—but you temper this daunting brainpower with charm and style. I’l