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Title:Marked men: whiteness and masculinity
Author:Epstein, DebbieISNI
Periodical:Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:gender relations
private education
Abstract:In the context of the new South Africa, it is important to note that masculinities have historically been implicated in forms of interpersonal and institutional violence. They have both shaped it and been shaped by it. Formations of new versions of masculinity are, therefore, a key part of reshaping South Africa. It is partly though a revolution in masculinity that the postapartheid world can become one of social justice. This article explores some of the ways in which South African masculinities have been differently constituted according to social differences of, among others, class, ethnicity/race and language (all very much intertwined). A brief case study is presented of one particular version of white South African masculinity, namely that produced by white secondary boarding schools for boys. An important task for those who are concerned about which versions of masculinity become dominant in South Africa is to ensure that men, in particular young men, have and can develop possible ways of being men which do not involve violence, racism, misogyny and/or homophobia. Bibliogr., notes.