Nerd nation

  title={Nerd nation},
  author={Lori Kendall},
  journal={International Journal of Cultural Studies},
  pages={260 - 283}
  • L. Kendall
  • Published 1 August 1999
  • Sociology
  • International Journal of Cultural Studies
This article examines the cultural figure of the nerd by analyzing images of nerds in movies, news articles and materials from the World Wide Web. This analysis shows that the previously liminal masculine identity of the nerd gets rehabilitated and partially incorporated into hegemonic masculinity during the period from the early 1980s through the present. In the process, the nerd becomes implicated in a variety of discourses about race and class as well as masculinities. Media representations… 
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