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The global cowboy: rural masculinities and sexualities

Chapter


Abstract


  • There is arguably no more iconic motif of rural masculinity than the

    cowboy. The cowboy is a persona, a stereotype, an ideology, and a style

    of manhood strongly associated with rurality. With origins in Mexico and

    the American West, cowboy imagery and identities were globalized in

    the late nineteenth and early twentieth century and were adopted, mutated,

    and subverted in contexts as different as Hawai'i, urban Japan, and

    remote Aboriginal Australia. This chapter traces the historical emergence

    and diffusion of cowboy masculinity, arguing that key to its endurance

    has been its malleability-its multivalent combinations of hero worship,

    ambiguity, rural place-based associations, and expressiveness. If there is,

    as various geographers have suggested, now a "global rural" that necessitates

    analysis (Woods 2007; McCarthy 2008; Nelson and Nelson 2011),

    then one of its central characters must be the global cowboy.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Gibson, C. (2013). The global cowboy: rural masculinities and sexualities. In A. Gorman-Murray, B. Pini & L. Bryant (Eds.), Sexuality, Rurality and Geography (pp. 199-218). Lanham: Lexington Books.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780739169360

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/1089

Book Title


  • Sexuality, Rurality and Geography

Start Page


  • 199

End Page


  • 218

Place Of Publication


  • Lanham

Abstract


  • There is arguably no more iconic motif of rural masculinity than the

    cowboy. The cowboy is a persona, a stereotype, an ideology, and a style

    of manhood strongly associated with rurality. With origins in Mexico and

    the American West, cowboy imagery and identities were globalized in

    the late nineteenth and early twentieth century and were adopted, mutated,

    and subverted in contexts as different as Hawai'i, urban Japan, and

    remote Aboriginal Australia. This chapter traces the historical emergence

    and diffusion of cowboy masculinity, arguing that key to its endurance

    has been its malleability-its multivalent combinations of hero worship,

    ambiguity, rural place-based associations, and expressiveness. If there is,

    as various geographers have suggested, now a "global rural" that necessitates

    analysis (Woods 2007; McCarthy 2008; Nelson and Nelson 2011),

    then one of its central characters must be the global cowboy.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Gibson, C. (2013). The global cowboy: rural masculinities and sexualities. In A. Gorman-Murray, B. Pini & L. Bryant (Eds.), Sexuality, Rurality and Geography (pp. 199-218). Lanham: Lexington Books.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780739169360

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/1089

Book Title


  • Sexuality, Rurality and Geography

Start Page


  • 199

End Page


  • 218

Place Of Publication


  • Lanham