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   ISSN (Print) 2014-3605
   Published by Hipatia Press Homepage  [14 journals]
  • The Chameleonisation of Masculinity: Jimmy’s Multiple Performances
           of a Working-Class Self.

    • Authors: Michael Rhys Morgan Ward
      Pages: 215 - 240
      Abstract: In this paper, drawing on ethnographic observations and using the case study of one working-class young man called Jimmy, I explore how multiple masculinities are displayed through a process of chameleonisation. Through outlining Jimmy’s transitions through post-compulsory education and his different social and cultural spaces, I illustrate the ways which he tries to conduct multiple performances of self. I show that in a variety of settings, with different actors and within different social interactions, Jimmy navigates between numerous conflicts in order to try and achieve both academically, with aspirations of processing into higher education and also as a successful athlete. These processes are simultaneously met with demands to achieve a socially valued form of masculinity that has been shaped by the former industrial heritage of the region. This paper argues that young working-class men are not locked into displaying just one performance of masculinity, but have the agency to switch between performances and to adopt multiple identities. However, this process which I term chameleonisation, is fraught with difficulties. This process illustrates how we must begin to think about young men having the ability to display multiple masculinities at various times, and are therefore not the barer of one all-encompassing masculinity that is always, and everywhere, the same. This process can be especially challenging for young working-class men who live in areas of economic change and want to be successful across different areas of their lives.
      PubDate: 2015-10-21
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 3 (2015)
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    • Authors: Oriol Rios
      Pages: 215 - 324
      PubDate: 2015-10-21
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 3 (2015)
  • Sexual Commercialization and Masculine Rhetoric: Prostitution in Spain

    • Pages: 241 - 269
      Abstract: This article is focused on the study conducted on prostitution customers in Spain with the purpose of understanding why men pay for sex. In order to answer this question, the discourses of prostitution customers were analyzed through semi-structured in-depth interviews, group interviews and discussion groups. With the aim of coherently structuring the obtained narrations and classifying them in categories, the theoretical framework “frame analysis” was implemented. Four typologies of ideal customers were obtained: the misogynistic (hatred for women); consumerist (everything can be bought and sold); friend (affective though abusive); and critical (occasional and repentant). As far as we are concerned, the purchase of sex is not produced by the search for quality sex, fun and hedonistic enjoyment, but rather for a strategy to reinforce masculinity based on an identity focused on exhibition in front of a group of peers. 
      PubDate: 2015-10-21
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 3 (2015)
  • Male Rape Myths: Understanding and Explaining Social Attitudes Surrounding
           Male Rape

    • Authors: Aliraza Javaid
      Pages: 270 - 297
      Abstract: This paper provides a critical review of the literature surrounding male rape, aimed at exploring how male rape myths shape society’s responses and attitudes to male victims of rape and integrates the literature from a theory driven perspective. In doing so, this theoretical paper reveals information relating to the barriers to recognition of male rape. These barriers are male rape myths that prevent male rape victims from coming forward and seeking the support that they merit. There has been a lack of research on male rape myths, although some research has documented such myths to be present in practice. These myths could be harmful because they may influence societies’ opinions of male rape victims, so this could affect the treatment and responses toward such victims. To understand and explain such myths so some attempt can be made at eradicating them, this paper will explore common male rape myths that seem to be prevalent in Western society. This paper will examine male rape myths in the areas of media, incarcerated settings, and the wider community, focusing on England and Wales, UK. This is important to do to recognise which myths are harmful and are facilitating the under-reporting of male rape. This paper will help raise awareness of male rape myths and not only attempt to tackle them, but also encourage male rape victims to come forward to report and seek the help that they merit. It will also address the gaps in the literature and areas ripe for research, so further empirical research can be conducted on male rape, highlighting ideas for future research and providing guidance in areas most needed in research on male rape. 
      PubDate: 2015-10-21
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 3 (2015)
  • Being “Nacho” and Play Rugby. A Study about Masculinities and
           Men’s Sociability in Dominant Sectors of La Plata

    • Authors: Juan Bautista Branz
      Pages: 298 - 320
      Abstract: The central problem to discuss in this article is the construction of masculinities among a group of men who practice rugby as a sport associated with a distinctive and selective character (related to class position) in the city of La Plata, and in Argentina. From an ethnographic approach –fundamentally- the representations that a group of rugby players has on their own practice, on their ways of being and acting like a man will be analyzed. The hypothesis of this work is that rugby is a space of moral, social and cultural distinction in La Plata, and a place where a dominant male model is produced and reproduced, where the exaltation of virility is an attribute showed positively between the group of men who try, at all times, to keep their manliness; it is the guarantee to support legacy linked to gender and the way of establishing a different space of sociability and distinctive. Strength, vigor, courage and bravery articulate the imaginary of a real man in the field of rugby in Argentina.
      PubDate: 2015-10-21
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 3 (2015)
  • Men of the World: Genders, Globalizations, Transnational Times

    • Authors: M. Angeles Serrano
      Pages: 321 - 322
      PubDate: 2015-10-21
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 3 (2015)
  • Masculinidades y Ciudadanía: Los Hombres también Tenemos

    • Authors: Eduard Mondejar
      Pages: 323 - 324
      PubDate: 2015-10-21
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 3 (2015)
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