The Corporeality of Working-Class Men in Labor Regimes and the Private Sphere

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Alexandrina Vanke


The article considers masculine corporeality as enacted in the working spaces of a construction site and a factory and as it is displayed in the private lives of workers through their sexuality and practices of care for the self. I compare the narratives of corporeality of male blue-collar workers from Moscow and Saint Petersburg, which I collected in 2010–2011. How do workers narrate their bodies? How is masculine corporeality related to the differing labor regimes of a Moscow construction site and a Saint Petersburg factory? What sexual strategies do male workers use? And how is masculine subjectivity constituted through practices of care for the self? This article aims to answer these questions. In Russian, extended summary in English.


Masculine Body, Blue-Collar Workers, Masculine Sexuality, Masculine Subjectivity, Somatic Culture, Russia

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