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Inclusive Masculinities in a Working-Class Sixth Form in Northeast England

Blanchard, C.; McCormack, M.; Peterson, G.

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Authors

C. Blanchard

M. McCormack

G. Peterson



Abstract

This research examines the construction of masculinity among a group of working-class boys aged sixteen to nineteen in the northeast of England. Drawing on data collected from a six-week ethnography with boys in a religious (Christian) sixth form college, this study documents how only a small minority of these boys embodied the orthodox archetype of masculinity that has traditionally been associated with working-class youth. Instead, the great majority of participants adopted attitudes and behaviors that can be categorized as a set of inclusive masculinities: They espoused positive attitudes toward homosexuality, engaged in physical tactility and emotional intimacy, and used homosexually themed language without the intent to wound or marginalize other boys. These findings pose a considerable challenge to dominant narratives on working-class masculinities; narratives that must now be reconfigured to account for the proliferation of inclusive masculinities among working-class youth.

Citation

Blanchard, C., McCormack, M., & Peterson, G. (2017). Inclusive Masculinities in a Working-Class Sixth Form in Northeast England. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 46(3), 310-333. https://doi.org/10.1177/0891241615610381

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 31, 2015
Online Publication Date Oct 16, 2015
Publication Date Jun 1, 2017
Deposit Date Sep 3, 2015
Publicly Available Date Sep 7, 2015
Journal Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
Print ISSN 0891-2416
Electronic ISSN 1552-5414
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 46
Issue 3
Pages 310-333
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0891241615610381
Keywords Class, Education, Homophobia, Inclusivity, Men.

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Blanchard, C. and McCormack, M. and Peterson, G. (2017) 'Inclusive masculinities in a working-class sixth form in Northeast England.', Journal of contemporary ethnography., 46 (3). pp. 310-333. Copyright © 2015 The Author(s). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.





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