This study examines how the Chevrolet Corvette has influenced the development American hegemonic masculine ideals in post WWII United States. A content analysis of print advertisements for the Chevrolet from 1959 to 2011 was conducted. This study examines the way the Chevrolet Corvette has been advertised in the United States, and how it has shaped the way American men view masculinity. Doing Gender Theory, Advertising Theory, and Hegemonic Masculine Theory are all applied to the advertisements used in the study. These theoretical models supplied the framework for the way Chevrolet's advertisements shaped America's understanding of what masculinity represents. I found that the Corvette was associating itself with a specific type of masculinity, one that caters to affluent, middle age, white males.


Gunn, Raymond


Sociology and Anthropology


Gender and Sexuality

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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