The construction of masculinity in homosocial environment: a case study

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2006-01-01
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Rogers, JoAnn
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Jill Bystydzienski
Jacquelyn Litt
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This research seeks to understand how a specific form of masculinity is produced, reproduced, negotiated, and maintained. The fundamental questions that drive this case study are "How do men in a college fraternity teach, learn, and negotiate hegemonic masculinity, and how do they ensure conformity to hegemonic practices"? I discuss how members in a fraternity perform and perceive masculinity within the confines of an institution that also governs their actions and behaviors. I demonstrate that it is the fraternity that allows the performance of hegemonic masculinity to continue and it is this same predominantly male environment that also allows for the performance of "being a man" to be negotiated and changed. This study also demonstrates the steps in which a certain form of hegemony is cultivated, internalized, practices and institutionalized. I demonstrate through this research that, although certain men try to create and maintain a more static form of masculinity, that hegemony can adapt and absorb other practices while still maintaining its power. Men who might find themselves subordinated or marginalized still try to practice the hegemonic norm through hegemonic bargain and still maintain power over women through the system of gender stratification.

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