“You mix up the thinking, and then you look at the journey”: ‘Pausing’ to reflect on masculinities in a South African township

Pyke, Antonella (toni) (2022) “You mix up the thinking, and then you look at the journey”: ‘Pausing’ to reflect on masculinities in a South African township. Men and Masculinities, 25 (2). pp. 213-231. ISSN 1097-184X

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Changes in political, social, and economic structures in South Africa during the transition from apartheid to democratic governance in 1994 have put men and masculinity/ies under public and scholarly scrutiny. Attention has generally focused on the links between masculinity and violence, particularly among black men from low-income backgrounds, in attempts to understand the widespread levels of sexual violence throughout the country. Together, but in tension with the focus on men and violence, has been a literature that documents gender change in South Africa. This literature argues, for example, that men are embracing fatherhood and becoming more engaged in childcare. Nevertheless, such scholarship is overshadowed by a focus on men and violence. In this article, I reflect on the lives of a group of men living in contemporary Alexandra township, Johannesburg, South Africa, who are exploring what it means to be a man and the issues and challenges they face in their attempts to transition their masculine identities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: gender equality,masculinities in transition,south africa,masculinity,masculine identity,gender studies,history,sociology and political science,literature and literary theory,sdg 16 - peace, justice and strong institutions,sdg 5 - gender equality,sdg 11 - sustainable cities and communities ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3318
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 14 May 2021 00:06
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2022 02:27
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/80009
DOI: 10.1177/1097184X20925872


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