The Use of Life Sciences in Contemporary American Manosphere Discourse : circulation and appropriation

par Louis Bachaud

Projet de thèse en Langues et littérature anglaise et anglo saxonnes

Sous la direction de Hélène Quanquin et de Sarah E. Johns.

  • Titre traduit

    L'utilisation des sciences de la vie dans les discours masculinistes contemporains aux Etats-Unis

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  • Résumé

    In a 2013 article for the magazine Wired, American evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller recounts a surprising experience, “Scientists engaged with the media quickly learn that they can't control how their research is used. A few years ago I was astonished to find that many members of the "seduction community" had read my book The Mating Mind, about how sexual choices shaped our evolution. In their acronym-heavy quest for sexual self-transformation by becoming "pick-up artists" (PUAs), these men had become avid consumers of my field, evolutionary psychology.” Miller’s experience illustrates the popularity and circulation of scientific research online, often unbeknownst to scientists themselves. Indeed, in the “manosphere ”, several online communities (such as incels, pick-up artists, or Men Going Their Own Way) rely heavily on evolutionary psychology, biology, and genetics to buttress their worldview. This PhD thesis aims to precisely study this phenomenon. How is science invoked by those activists and pundits? What type of scientific knowledge? Where does it come from and how is it transmitted? Through what channels and media? Ultimately, this work will shed light on the way scientific knowledge is shared, invoked, popularized, and sometimes obfuscated or truncated on the Internet.