Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Martial MasculinitiesExperiencing and Imagining the Military in the Long Nineteenth Century$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Michael Brown, Anna Maria Barry, and Joanne Begatio

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781526135629

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526135636

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM MANCHESTER SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.manchester.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Manchester University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MSO for personal use.date: 28 May 2022

Visualising the aged veteran in nineteenth-century Britain: memory, masculinity and nation

Visualising the aged veteran in nineteenth-century Britain: memory, masculinity and nation

Chapter:
(p.102) 5 Visualising the aged veteran in nineteenth-century Britain: memory, masculinity and nation
Source:
Martial Masculinities
Author(s):

Michael Brown

Joanne Begiato

Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7765/9781526135636.00012

This chapter examines representations of working men’s bodies. Section one explores the nobility assigned to the muscular body, interrogated through the imagined blacksmith and navvy. The second section addresses the role of heroism, another appealing quality, primarily through miners, firemen, and life-boat men. Such strong and appealing working-men offered a more comforting vision of working-class masculinity than that in which they were politically and socially dangerous. Kindness was attributed to both brawn and brave stereotypes, taming the muscular and reckless body. This was not their only function for a middle-class audience, since the same combination of alluring physical and emotional qualities also rendered the working-class male body desirable as a manly ideal. The chapter then shows that the working classes created and disseminated their own highly emotional and material manifestation of working-class manliness on the material culture of trades unions and friendly societies. However, the emotions associated with them were subtly different and deployed in different ways. For middle-class men, the attractive working man was reassuring and admirable, for working-class men he was a measure of their right to be included in the civic polity. (185 words)

Keywords:   Masculinity, Working-class men, Material culture, Emotions, Bodies, Heroism, Kindness, Trades unions, Friendly societies, Middle-class men

Manchester Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.