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Masculinity and Transition: Crisis or Confusion in South Africa?

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Hamber, Brandon (2010) Masculinity and Transition: Crisis or Confusion in South Africa? Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, 5 (3). pp. 75-88. [Journal article]

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Abstract

The participation of women in social, political and economic life in South Africa since the transition to democracy in 1994 has been growing. However, gender equality has not been attained and violence against women remains extremely high. This article interrogates why this is the case by focusing on masculinity and particularly violent masculinities. Through presenting the findings of primary research with men and women in South Africa, the article shows how improvements in gender justice are creating new insecurities for some women, particularly in terms of domestic violence. The article critiques responses to violent masculinities that centre on the 'crisis in masculinity' discourse and calls for a nuanced understanding of masculinities in transition.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:gender, transition, violence, peacebuilding, South Africa
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > INCORE
Research Institutes and Groups:Transitional Justice Institute
ID Code:20940
Deposited By:Professor Brandon Hamber
Deposited On:21 Feb 2012 09:54
Last Modified:21 Feb 2012 09:54

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