Of Meat and Men: Exploring Men's Experiences with Vegetarianism

dc.contributor.advisor Mertig, Angela
dc.contributor.author Lax, Jacob Benjamin
dc.contributor.committeemember MacLean, Vicky
dc.contributor.committeemember Dye, Meredith
dc.contributor.department Sociology en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2018-06-05T20:04:54Z
dc.date.available 2018-06-05T20:04:54Z
dc.date.issued 2018-03-28
dc.description.abstract Research suggests an association between meat and masculinity, but little is known about men who are vegetarian. Drawing on literature primarily from the sociology of gender and ecofeminism, this thesis employs a phenomenological research design to explore how masculinity operates in the experiences of ten men who are vegetarian. Three themes emerge from the analysis. The first theme, rationality and emotionality, shows that most men in this study use logic and reason to justify their decision to become vegetarian rather than making more emotional appeals. The second theme, stereotype avoidance and self-presentations, describes images of “PETA extremists” and “preachy vegetarians” and reveals how the men wish to present their vegetarianism in ways that avoid disrupting the status quo. The final theme, masculine, vegetarian identity and the resolution of gender threats, describes the complex and sometimes contradictory ways in which men who are vegetarian both reject and reproduce dominant constructions of masculinity. Together, the findings reveal that masculinity does appear to play some role in how the men in this study experience vegetarianism.
dc.description.degree M.A.
dc.identifier.uri http://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/xmlui/handle/mtsu/5672
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University
dc.subject Ecofeminism
dc.subject Masculinities
dc.subject Vegetarianism
dc.subject.umi Sociology
dc.subject.umi Gender studies
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters
dc.title Of Meat and Men: Exploring Men's Experiences with Vegetarianism
dc.type Thesis
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