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    Positioned by "hegemonic" masculinities: a study of London boys' narratives of identity

    Phoenix, A. and Frosh, Stephen (2001) Positioned by "hegemonic" masculinities: a study of London boys' narratives of identity. Australian Psychologist 36 (1), pp. 27-35. ISSN 0005-0067.

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    This paper takes up the idea of “hegemonic” masculinity and explores its relevance to a group of 11-to 14-year-old boys in London schools. Although there is considerable debate in the literature over the existence and significance of an organising mode of “dominant” or hegemonic masculinity, it is apparent from the interview material provided by these boys that attributes such as “hardness”, antagonism to school-based learning, sporting prowess, and fashionable looks remain very influential in determining boys' popularity and also their views of themselves and others as properly “masculine”. In this paper, we use this material further to illustrate ways in which social class and “race” impact on constructions of, and are drawn on in constructing, modes of hegemonic masculinity. The function of hegemonic masculinity as a method of social regulation amongst young men is also discussed.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2017 10:40
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:34


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