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    Taking the long view: attaining and sustaining masculinity across the life course in South India

    Penny, Vera-Sanso (2017) Taking the long view: attaining and sustaining masculinity across the life course in South India. In: Cornwall, A. and Frank G, K. and Nancy, L. (eds.) Masculinities under Neoliberalism. London, UK: Zed Press. ISBN 9781786994196.

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    Abstract

    The chapter demonstrates that masculinity is not a trait restricted to males but a socially determined set of hierarchically valued characteristics that men aspire to and women claim. The chapter examines how the main definition of adult masculinity prevalent in India plays out amongst people occupying the lower end of the socio-economic hierarchy. By taking a life course perspective we can see that men typically follow a trajectory in which they struggle to achieve and sustain an adult masculinity based on the role of provider and head of the family, eventually declining into a feminized status dependent on wives as providers.

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