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Title:Masculinity, Matrimony and Generation: Reconfiguring Patriarchy in Drum, 1951-1983
Author:Clowes, Lindsay
Year:2008
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Studies
Volume:34
Issue:1
Period:March
Pages:179-192
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:periodicals
Blacks
men
images
History and Exploration
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03057070701832965
Abstract:In this article, the author discusses some of the ways in which 'Drum' magazine tended to ascribe 'modernity' to particular practices and processes in opposition to other practices and processes portrayed as 'traditional'. In mid-twentieth-century South Africa, dominant discourses tended to signal (white) male adulthood through independent decisionmaking alongside financial autonomy. In contrast, African discourses tended to signal male adulthood through proximity to family members, through respect for age and seniority and through deference to the praxis of 'tradition'. In the representations of black men in its pages, 'Drum' magazine negotiated a somewhat disorderly path through these competing racialized discourses. The author suggests that 'Drum''s claim that black males were indeed men, was made through highlighting and condoning practices that demonstrated similarities and continuities between subordinate black and dominant white versions of manhood. In challenging the racial discourse the magazine paradoxically found itself simultaneously reinforcing Western rather than African versions of manhood. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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