From Boys to Men (ePub)

Social Constructions of Masculinity in Contemporary Society


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  • ISBN: 9781920516611
  • Extent: 296 pages
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  • Category: Scholarly, Social Sciences

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The current emphasis in research and education on women and girls is fraught with problems. It has raised a concern that boys and men should be included in research and intervention work on gender equality and transformation. As a result, academics with a background of many years of work in women’s and gender studies undertook a research project focusing on the construction of masculinities among young men. From Boys to Men was born out of this project.   Acknowledging that there are multiple versions of masculinity and that some are more valued than others, this book is concerned with documenting both hegemonic discourses on masculinity as well as resistances and challenges to dominant forms of being a boy or man in different contexts of space and time.  

 Chapter 1 The problems boys and men create, the problems boys and men experience
• Chapter 2 Researching and working with boys in Southern Africa in the context of HIV/Aids: a radical approach
• Chapter 3 Multiple meanings of manhood among boys in Ghana
• Chapter 4 Do you want to be a father? School-going youth in Durban schools at the turn of the 21st century
• Chapter 5 Teenage masculinity: the double find of conformity to hegemonic standards
• Chapter 6 ‘Moffies, jock and cool guys’: boys’ accounts of masculinity and their resistance in context
• Chapter 7 South African boys with plans for the future: why a focus on dominant discourses tells us only a part of the story
• Chapter 8 ‘A woman cannot marry a boy’: rescue, spectacle and transitional Xhosa masculinities
• Chapter 9 Social construction of masculinity on the racial and gendered margins of Cape Town
• Chapter 10 Masculinities in the era of HIV/Aids: the perspectives of rural male Zulu youth
• Chapter 11 Masculinities in the ANC-led liberation movement
• Chapter 12 Culture change, Zulu masculinity and intergenerational conflict in the context of civil war in Pietermaritzburg (1987-1991)

From Boys to Men provides valuable material for those working with issues of gender, identity and power, and will sharpen understanding of males, inform community-based interventions and facilitate theory-building.

This highly original work comprises a collection of papers presented at the conference From Boys to Men, held in January 2005. It represents the work of some of the best-known theorists and researchers in masculinities and feminism in South Africa, on the continent and internationally. The subjects covered are based on rich ethnographic studies mostly in South Africa but also elsewhere in Africa.

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The current emphasis in research and education on women and girls is fraught with problems. It has raised a concern that boys and men should be included in research and intervention work on gender equality and transformation. As a result, academics with a background of many years of work in women’s and gender studies undertook a research project focusing on the construction of masculinities among young men. From Boys to Men was born out of this project.   Acknowledging that there are multiple versions of masculinity and that some are more valued than others, this book is concerned with documenting both hegemonic discourses on masculinity as well as resistances and challenges to dominant forms of being a boy or man in different contexts of space and time.  

 Chapter 1 The problems boys and men create, the problems boys and men experience
• Chapter 2 Researching and working with boys in Southern Africa in the context of HIV/Aids: a radical approach
• Chapter 3 Multiple meanings of manhood among boys in Ghana
• Chapter 4 Do you want to be a father? School-going youth in Durban schools at the turn of the 21st century
• Chapter 5 Teenage masculinity: the double find of conformity to hegemonic standards
• Chapter 6 ‘Moffies, jock and cool guys’: boys’ accounts of masculinity and their resistance in context
• Chapter 7 South African boys with plans for the future: why a focus on dominant discourses tells us only a part of the story
• Chapter 8 ‘A woman cannot marry a boy’: rescue, spectacle and transitional Xhosa masculinities
• Chapter 9 Social construction of masculinity on the racial and gendered margins of Cape Town
• Chapter 10 Masculinities in the era of HIV/Aids: the perspectives of rural male Zulu youth
• Chapter 11 Masculinities in the ANC-led liberation movement
• Chapter 12 Culture change, Zulu masculinity and intergenerational conflict in the context of civil war in Pietermaritzburg (1987-1991)

From Boys to Men provides valuable material for those working with issues of gender, identity and power, and will sharpen understanding of males, inform community-based interventions and facilitate theory-building.

This highly original work comprises a collection of papers presented at the conference From Boys to Men, held in January 2005. It represents the work of some of the best-known theorists and researchers in masculinities and feminism in South Africa, on the continent and internationally. The subjects covered are based on rich ethnographic studies mostly in South Africa but also elsewhere in Africa.

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