The construction of masculinities :|bmale university students' talk about women and heterosexual relationships

Minnaar, Benita (2003) The construction of masculinities :|bmale university students' talk about women and heterosexual relationships. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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This article examines the talk of male Psychology students about women and heterosexual relationships in all-male discussion groups. Four vignettes depicting difficult situations in heterosexual relationships were used to initiate discussion. Eight men attending a historically black university participated in the group discussions, which were facilitated by a male postgraduate Psychology student. The study explored masculine identity construction by identifying interpretive repertoires deployed by respondents to construct a.lld account for themselves and their social worlds, within the context of discussions about relationships with women. Three interpretive repertoires of masculinity: the male-as- breadwinner/provider, male-asprotector and the "New Man" repertoire were identified. The complex and contradictory nature of masculine identity construction is highlighted. Drawing on the work ofHollway (1984), two discourses of heterosexuality were also identified: the havelhold discourse and th~ permissive discourse. The invocation of the "New Man" repertoire and pro-feminist discourses of heterosexuality in the men's talk may signify a move towards more enlightened and less oppressive constructions of maSCUlinity, heterosexuality and gender. Key Words: discourse analysis, masculinities, interpretive repertoires,gender identity, heterosexuality

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Men, Identity, Masculinity, Heterosexuality, Students
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Psychology
ID Code:2510
Deposited By: Mrs Carol Perold
Deposited On:28 Feb 2012 12:41
Last Modified:28 Feb 2012 12:41
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