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Bold Ideas - Anthony Huynh
Start Date: 2/17/2017Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 2/17/2017End Time: 1:00 PM
Event Description:
Incipient Masculinities: An Ethnographic Exploration of Adolescent Schoolboys’ Perceptions of Gender Relations in Northern Karnataka, India
Anthony Huynh, Community Health Sciences

In Northern Karnataka, South India, adolescent girls are at a high risk of dropping out of secondary school, which is especially the case among girls from “scheduled castes and scheduled tribes” in rural communities. In particular, boys’ behaviours and attitudes towards girls are regarded as one of the many important proximal barriers impeding girls’ access to education and academic performance in South India. While important intervention efforts with adolescent boys are underway in this region, less is still known about the wider patterns of masculinity that shape adolescent boys’ perspectives on gender relationships and practices that subjugate adolescent girls. Drawing on Connell’s concept of hegemonic masculinity, this presentation develops the notion of incipient masculinity to understand the emerging dynamics of masculinity among adolescent boys. Based on four months of ethnographic research among adolescent boys in Northern Karnataka, this research reveals the ways in which adolescent boys negotiate their masculinities in relation to the inequities faced by girls with respect to education. Although adolescence might be characterized as a period of uncertainty in which a manhood is ‘incomplete’ and continues to unfold, my findings suggest that it is a crucial period in which hegemonic masculinity is powerfully instantiated in the relationships between teenage boys and girls. By examining the emerging dynamics of masculinity that might unsettle hegemonic masculinity, I consider how to transform the existing patterns of gender relations that perpetuate the subordinate positions of girls within society.
Location Information:
University of Manitoba - Bannatyne - Medical Rehabilitation Building  (View Map)
771 McDermot Avenue
Winnipeg, MB
Room: R060 (Dr. B. Havens Seminar Room)
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