Cirus Rinaldi (University of Palermo)
Cirus Rinaldi is Senior Lecturer of Sociology of Law, Deviance and Social Change at the University of Palermo, Italy. His main research areas are related to social deviance, social construction of sexualities, masculinities and violent conducts. Among his latest publications Rinaldi C. (with C. Cappotto), Normalizing violence. Homophobia as masculinity’s test. In A. Amodeo and P. Valerio (eds.), Hermes. (Naples: Liguori, 2014), some entries in CJ Forsyth and H. Copes (eds.), Encyclopedia of social deviance (Los Angeles: Sage, 2014) and Sesso, Sè e Società. Per una sociologia delle sessualità (Sex, Self and Society. For a sociology of sexualities, Milan: Mondadori, 2016).
Construction and representation of homosexual masculinities using critical masculinities’ theory and queer theory
The speech will take into account an overview of the main perspectives on social construction and representation of homosexual masculinities using critical masculinities’ theory and queer theory. Gay masculinities will be considered as an hybrid phenomena which participate to the constitution of hegemonic (normative) masculinities. In particular, commodified hegemonic homosexual masculinities offer new instances of late capitalism’s appropriation within consumer culture and strengthen a specific imagery which contribute to create a racialised and classed gaze used by different audiences with different purposes. The main theoretical and epistemological questions is based on the way researchers consider male homosexuality as a de facto distancing subjectivity from the reproduction of hegemonic masculinity or if, as it will be discussed, (homo)normative masculinity contributes deeply in the process of the subordination of the masculine Other (and of other terrorist corporealities, women included).