The social organization of masculine violence in nighttime leisure scenes

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Recent scholarship on masculinity and crime suggests that men who have difficulty asserting their masculine status due to social marginalization (across age, class, and racial lines) have a higher likelihood of engaging in violent behavior to offset their lack of social power in other areas. While marginalization can abet the development of masculine violence, in this article I suggest more attention to the mitigating effects of structural changes and cultural contexts is necessary for a richer understanding of how masculine violence plays out. Drawing on multi-method ethnographic data from a case of one major US city with a thriving nighttime cultural economy, I aim to show how the structural characteristics of nighttime leisure scenes create situations for the enactment of particular forms of violence that reflect a number of subterranean convergences with the masculinization of the cultural economy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-256
Number of pages18
JournalCriminal Justice Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 3 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Law


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