The Presentation of Masculinity in Everyday Life: Contextual Variations in the Masculine Behaviour of Young Irish Men

The Presentation of Masculinity in Everyday Life: Contextual Variations in the Masculine... A series of in-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted to investigate the performative and contextual nature of masculine display among a sample of young men (N = 8) from the Republic of Ireland. Using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) to analyze the data, results suggest that participants’ construction of masculinity was characterized by (1) the masculinity of a hegemonic other (which was congruent with traditional gender stereotypes) and (2) a masculine self-identity (which was variegated, yet always positioned between the “extremes” of hypermasculinity and femininity). Also noted was public presentation of a masculine self, which was influenced by contextual factors broadly categorized as maturational and interpersonal. Limitations of the study are outlined along with avenues for future research. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sex Roles Springer Journals

The Presentation of Masculinity in Everyday Life: Contextual Variations in the Masculine Behaviour of Young Irish Men

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2007 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Subject
Psychology; Gender Studies; Sociology, general; Medicine/Public Health, general
ISSN
0360-0025
eISSN
1573-2762
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11199-007-9299-9
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Abstract

A series of in-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted to investigate the performative and contextual nature of masculine display among a sample of young men (N = 8) from the Republic of Ireland. Using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) to analyze the data, results suggest that participants’ construction of masculinity was characterized by (1) the masculinity of a hegemonic other (which was congruent with traditional gender stereotypes) and (2) a masculine self-identity (which was variegated, yet always positioned between the “extremes” of hypermasculinity and femininity). Also noted was public presentation of a masculine self, which was influenced by contextual factors broadly categorized as maturational and interpersonal. Limitations of the study are outlined along with avenues for future research.

Journal

Sex RolesSpringer Journals

Published: Sep 6, 2007

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