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Title: Inclusive masculinities in a working-class sixth form in northeast England
Authors: Blanchard, C
McCormack, M
Peterson, GT
Keywords: Class;Education;Homophobia;Inclusivity;Men
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: SAGE
Citation: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 2015
Abstract: This research examines the construction of masculinity among a group of working-class boys aged sixteen to nineteen in the northeast of England. Drawing on data collected from a six-week ethnography with boys in a religious (Christian) sixth form college, this study documents how only a small minority of these boys embodied the orthodox archetype of masculinity that has traditionally been associated with working-class youth. Instead, the great majority of participants adopted attitudes and behaviors that can be categorized as a set of inclusive masculinities: They espoused positive attitudes toward homosexuality, engaged in physical tactility and emotional intimacy, and used homosexually themed language without the intent to wound or marginalize other boys. These findings pose a considerable challenge to dominant narratives on working-class masculinities; narratives that must now be reconfigured to account for the proliferation of inclusive masculinities among working-class youth.
ISSN: 0891-2416
Appears in Collections:Dept of Arts and Humanities Research Papers

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