Toxic masculinity: Militarism, deal-making and the performance of Brexit

Columba Achilleos-Sarll, Benjamin Martill

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Abstract

This chapter argues that the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union (EU) and the subsequent Brexit process have been dominated by discourses of toxic masculinity, manifesting in two distinct ways: first through the deployment of language that was associated with deal-making and, second through the deployment of language associated with militarism. Drawing on a combination of critical feminist theory, documentary analysis and elite, semi-structured interviews with individuals close to the process, this chapter demonstrates the extent to which Brexit has been dominated by discourses of militarism, which highlighted Britain’s assumed global role in the world emphasising strength, security and global power, and deal-making discourses which have equated the negotiations to a business transaction, positioning Anglo-European negotiations in conflictual terms. We conclude with four potential (gendered) consequences of this discourse.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGender and Queer Perspectives on Brexit
EditorsMoira Dustin, Nuno Ferreira, Susan Millns
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Chapter2
Pages15-44
ISBN (Electronic)9783030031220
ISBN (Print)9783030031213
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jan 2019

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