Constructing hegemonic masculinities

evidence from Greek narrative performances


  • Argiris Archakis University of Patras
  • Sofia Lampropoulou University of Liverpool



agency and responsibility, hegemonic masculinity, heteronormativity, heterosexuality, identity construction, narrative positioning


In this article we draw upon the notions of heterosexuality, heteronormativity, agency and responsibility in order to investigate the construction of hegemonic masculinities through stories produced by Greek male adolescents. Our data are part of a broader set of narrative data collected in the context of a research project aiming to record and analyse naturally occurring talk of Greek youths. We adopt the model of narrative positioning in order to explore how young men narratively construct their identities as heterosexual human beings. The narratives at hand deal with sexually related encounters in which our male narrators are involved with women who hold senior, institutional roles. The story topics are presented as unconventional, and our narrators diminish their agency and responsibility for the sexually related acts, which, in turn, are attributed to female characters. We explore and unpack the subtle ways in which our narrators position themselves in relation to heterosexuality and heteronormativity, and how this contributes to the construction of their (hegemonic) masculine selves. To this end, we attempt to probe deeper into the notion of hegemonic masculinity.

Author Biographies

Argiris Archakis, University of Patras

Argiris Archakis is associate professor of discourse analysis and sociolinguistics in the Department of Philology at the University of Patras in Greece, where he has been teaching since 1997. He has carried out research and published extensively on the analysis of various discourse genres, such as youth conversational narratives, classroom discourse, parliamentary discourse and media discourse, as well as on (adult) students’ literacy. He is coauthor of the book The Narrative Construction of Identities in Critical Education (2012, Palgrave Macmillan).

Sofia Lampropoulou, University of Liverpool

Sofia Lampropoulou is a lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Liverpool, where she teaches, among others, language and gender. Her broader research interests lie in the areas of Interactional Sociolinguistics and Discourse Analysis. She has published articles in the journals Discourse and Society, Discourse Studies, Journal of Pragmatics and Discourse, Context and Media. She is author of the monograph Direct Speech, Self-Presentation and Communities of Practice (2013, Bloomsbury).


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How to Cite

Archakis, A., & Lampropoulou, S. (2015). Constructing hegemonic masculinities: evidence from Greek narrative performances. Gender and Language, 9(1), 83–103.



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