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date: 23 May 2022

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Online gaming provides sociologists with a valuable site for exploring the complex relationship between masculinity and racism. After reviewing the ways masculinity and racism have been studied in sociology and in the interdisciplinary research on online gaming, this chapter proposes incorporating sociological approaches to masculinity and everyday racism into the study of gaming through two analytic shifts. First, the chapter centers on Whiteness in the examination of masculinity, exploring how emotions, manhood acts, and peer socialization contribute to everyday racism in a gaming context. Second, it broadens the study of experiences of racism in gaming by including an analysis of masculinity as a set of practices used as resistance against racism. The chapter suggests that White masculinity is key to understanding the often-overlooked ways that racism is reproduced and tolerated by men navigating a world where hegemonic masculinity is the gold standard.

Keywords: White masculinity, everyday racism, online gaming, sociology, intersectional internet

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