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Masculine Identity in Medieval Scotland: Gender, Ethnicity, and Regionality

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dc.contributor.advisor Ewan, Elizabeth Holton, Caitlin Taylor 2017-05-17T14:24:13Z 2017-05-17T14:24:13Z 2017-05 2017-05-08 2017-05-17
dc.description.abstract This dissertation is an investigation of elite men’s identities in later thirteenth- and early fourteenth-century Scotland, particularly as they pertain to categories of gender and ethnicity. During this timeframe, the Scottish kingdom experienced enormous political change, underwent geographic expansion, and, allegedly, a growing sense of ‘Scottishness.’ Beneath all of this, however, complex ethnic identities and attachments shaped the ways men interacted with the gendered expectations of their society. In the ways they acknowledged, refuted, or ignored these expectations, boys and men crafted identities that reflected the multiple, overlapping, and contradictory ideals and values socially inscribed on sexed bodies. In the medieval Scottish kingdom, the masculine identities of political elites, in particular, were created through negotiation between dominant and non-dominant masculinities forms, and were oriented toward and in relation to hegemonic masculinity. The subjects of this study represent the diversity present in the medieval kingdom, including members of the so-called ‘native’ Gaelic elite, more recent immigrants to the ‘feudalized’ heartland of the kingdom, and inhabitants of the western coast whose ancestry incorporated both Gaelic and Norse influences. These men engaged with gendered symbols of power and legitimacy across a variety of different cultures both within and outside the Scottish kingdom. The different ways in which they constructed, represented, and deployed their identities as masculine beings highlight the differences in how they negotiated between dominant and non-dominant forms, the shifting possession of capital and its meaning, and the contextuality of gendered experience. In bringing the relationship between gender and ethnicity to the fore, while drawing upon the work of R. W. Connell and Pierre Bourdieu, this dissertation offers a new way of considering the identities of medieval Scottish political elites. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Guelph en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada *
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dc.subject Gender History en_US
dc.subject Masculinity en_US
dc.subject Ethnicity en_US
dc.subject Medieval Scotland en_US
dc.subject Identity en_US
dc.subject Middle Ages en_US
dc.title Masculine Identity in Medieval Scotland: Gender, Ethnicity, and Regionality en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US History en_US Doctor of Philosophy en_US Department of History en_US University of Guelph en_US

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