Hegemonic Masculinity

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Hegemonic Masculinity: Rethinking the Concept

Origins: it formulated 2 decades ago, it was first proposed in reports from a field study in social inequality in Australian schools. “Towards a new sociology of Masculinity” critiques male sex role literatures and proposed a model of multiple masculinities and power relations. The gramscian term hegemony was current at the time in attempts to understand the stabilization of class relations. Before the women’s liberation movement, a literature in social psychology and sociology about the male sex role had recognized the social nature of masculinity and the possibilities of change in men’s conduct (hacker 1957). During the 70’s there was an explosion of writing about the male role,
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Challenges to hegemony are common and so are adjustments in face of these challenges. From the mid 80’s to the early 20’s the concept of hegemonic masculinity passed from a conceptual model with a fairly narrow empirical base to a widely used framework for research and debate about men and masculinities. The concept was applied in diverse cultural contexts and to a considerable range of practical issues. Masculinity is not a fixed entity embedded in the body or personality traits of individuals. Masculinities are configurations of practice that are accomplished in social action and therefore can differ according to the gender relation in particular social setting. Brod in 1994 observes that there is a tendency in the men’s studies field to presume as it women were not relevant part of the analysis and therefore to analyze masculinities by looking only at men and relations among men.

Black Masculinity in Caribbean Slavery

The social representations of these masculinities and their relationships to the meanings of everyday life have produced discernible cultural results over time. The historical origins of what is a startling discovery that the postcolonial black male is psychically defeated and socially at risk. It is said that furthermore that very notion is at risk, subverted if you will by socially dysfunctional masculine attitude and cultural tendencies. This intervention is intended to fully open the historical narrative at the primordial juncture of
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