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Title:Analysing males in Africa: certain useful elements in considering ruling masculinities
Author:Ratele, KopanoISNI
Year:2008
Periodical:African and Asian Studies
Volume:7
Issue:4
Pages:515-536
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:gender studies
men
gender relations
Link:https://doi.org/10.1163/156921008X359641
Abstract:This article examines why and how African males have been studied, informed by the view that across several societies in Africa undeclared yet public gender wars of words and deeds go on daily, and may even be intensifying. The author argues that though interventions with males from feminist perspectives have gained ground over the last few decades, more radical approaches to African masculinities have failed to materialize because analyses of men's lives have tended to be blind to the imbrications of the experience of maleness with the experience of other social categorizations, such as being without gainful employment. Consequently, many interventions, such as those around violence against women and girls, have failed to grasp some of the critical factors underlying males' reluctance to support feminist action. The article therefore routes its examination of males through a number of categories of social-psychological experience and practice, namely a) occupation and income, and, b) age, categories theoretically tied to maleness and to practices geared towards the attainment of ruling masculinity. The article reveals the manner in which the psychosocial and the political inter-penetrate each other in the lives of African males. In conclusion, the recognition of the heterogeneous nature of masculinities also, ironically, affords mounting new feminist interventions into changing traditional ruling ideas of being a man or boy. Bibliogr., note, sum. [Journal abstract]
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