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SWEET WOMEN AND TOUGH MEN? YOUNG MEN’S IDENTITIES AND ATTITUDES TOWARDS MASCULINITY IN CHILE

Mårtensson, Karin LU (2012) MIDM71 20121
LUMID International Master programme in applied International Development and Management
Abstract
This thesis discusses the concept of masculinity in Chile. It does this by outlining attitudes towards masculinity and examining how young Chilean men identify themselves in their role as men in today’s society. Thus, the study aimed to frame the current view of masculinity in Chile by examining the study participants’ views of what makes the “ideal man” in Chilean society. The purpose of this examination was to highlight not only the significance and consequence of gendered identification, but also how contemporary views of masculinity affect the lives of young Chilean men today. Qualitative interviews and group discussions with a constructionist stance guided data collection in the capital Santiago de Chile. The data showed a great... (More)
This thesis discusses the concept of masculinity in Chile. It does this by outlining attitudes towards masculinity and examining how young Chilean men identify themselves in their role as men in today’s society. Thus, the study aimed to frame the current view of masculinity in Chile by examining the study participants’ views of what makes the “ideal man” in Chilean society. The purpose of this examination was to highlight not only the significance and consequence of gendered identification, but also how contemporary views of masculinity affect the lives of young Chilean men today. Qualitative interviews and group discussions with a constructionist stance guided data collection in the capital Santiago de Chile. The data showed a great desire to conform to societal norms in respect of behaviour and expectations. It also revealed that the identity of both men and women in contemporary Chile is highly gendered and contextualized; the norms in the present study are highly urbanised and different from those in rural areas. There seems to be a constant pressure of fulfilment and self-realization, yet bounded by traditional cultural norms that do not allow for change outside of the consoling sphere. (Less)
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Mårtensson, Karin LU
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course
MIDM71 20121
year
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Gender, masculinity, gendered roles, identity, attitudes, stereotypes.
language
English
id
2855830
date added to LUP
2012-07-02 15:32:47
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  abstract     = {This thesis discusses the concept of masculinity in Chile. It does this by outlining attitudes towards masculinity and examining how young Chilean men identify themselves in their role as men in today’s society. Thus, the study aimed to frame the current view of masculinity in Chile by examining the study participants’ views of what makes the “ideal man” in Chilean society. The purpose of this examination was to highlight not only the significance and consequence of gendered identification, but also how contemporary views of masculinity affect the lives of young Chilean men today. Qualitative interviews and group discussions with a constructionist stance guided data collection in the capital Santiago de Chile. The data showed a great desire to conform to societal norms in respect of behaviour and expectations. It also revealed that the identity of both men and women in contemporary Chile is highly gendered and contextualized; the norms in the present study are highly urbanised and different from those in rural areas. There seems to be a constant pressure of fulfilment and self-realization, yet bounded by traditional cultural norms that do not allow for change outside of the consoling sphere.},
  author       = {Mårtensson, Karin},
  keyword      = {Gender,masculinity,gendered roles,identity,attitudes,stereotypes.},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {SWEET WOMEN AND TOUGH MEN? YOUNG MEN’S IDENTITIES AND ATTITUDES TOWARDS MASCULINITY IN CHILE},
  year         = {2012},
}