• Normal People (2020) and the New Post-Celtic Irish Man

    Author(s):
    Angelos Bollas (see profile)
    Date:
    2022
    Subject(s):
    Television, Fiction television programs, Television series, Masculinity, Masculinity in popular culture, Masculinity on television
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/9rge-4745
    Abstract:
    TV mini-series and international hit Normal People (2020) introduced the character of Connell Waldron to the world. Connell’s character was not only well-received but he also created a following of his own. From his clothes, to his looks, to his character, Connell became an obsession for many. An analysis of the character of Connell with regard to the portrayal of his masculinity is presented in this article. The purpose of this is to situate Connell within a typology of Irish masculinities and, in doing so, to examine the sociocultural context within which such a masculinity emerged. As such, both the conditions that enabled this new type of masculinity to develop and the implications of such a portrayal for Irish society are discussed. Using Raewyn Connell and James Messerschmidt’s hegemonic masculinity as well as Eric Anderson and Mark McCormack’s inclusive masculinity theory, the contribution of Connell Waldron to the promotion of a society in which gender-related hegemonic inequalities fade away is examined.
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    Published as:
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    3 months ago
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