Presentation on theme: "Changing risk-taking traditions amongst adolescent boys in Alexandra Township Malose Langa."— Presentation transcript:
Changing risk-taking traditions amongst adolescent boys in Alexandra Township Malose Langa
Studies on young adolescent boys Many studies on masculinities have been conducted with adult male populations but currently there is a growing interest in young masculinities. Today many problems of young boys in school have been linked with ‘hegemonic’ masculinity, which encourages casual treatment of schoolwork, defiance of adult authority, missing of classes and the social disapproval of boys who put emphasis on academic success. The construction of ‘hegemonic’ masculinity is also a key influential element in risk-taking behaviours such as drinking and driving, violent crime, substance abuse and unsafe sexual practices with multiple partners. Many boys engage in high-risk behaviours as a way of constructing a hegemonically based masculine identity.
Aims of the Research Project To explore South African township boys’ experience of developing and living a masculine identity. To identify alternative versions of masculinity which are not based on dominant hegemonic forms of masculinity that may be illustrated in these boys’ lives. To examine factors (e.g. culture or traditions) facilitate or hinder engagement with alternative forms of masculinity. The relevance of this research is to identify healthy alternative constructions of masculinity, to inform interventions such as HIV/AIDS prevention, violence prevention and substance abuse prevention.
Boys as self-reflective: Storytelling through photography 1.Interviews as spaces for critical self- reflection. 2.Boys’ talk about the future (fatherhood) 3.Boys’ talk about cultural issues (e.g. gender equality)
Developing alternative voices of being a boy ‘Ascimatheni magents’ (let us talk boys) How do you define being a boy? What does it mean for you to be a boy? What do boys do to make them boys? What have been or are the influences on your identity as a boy? What do you like about being a boy? What don’t you like about being a boy? What different kinds of boys are there in your school? What kinds of groups do you fit into? What is this like? What is risky or dangerous about being a boy today? What is particularly risky for you? What do you think makes boys do dangerous things (e.g. substance abuse, violence, gangs and crime)? Who are your role models in your life and in the community? Why?
Conclusion What traditions can we develop about being a boy today who does not engage in risk-taking behaviours? How do we think about being a boy today?