"When I was a bastard": Constructions of maturity in men's accounts of masculinity

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dc.contributor.author Terry, GR en
dc.contributor.author Braun, V en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-03T01:22:08Z en
dc.date.issued 2008 en
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Gender Studies 18(2):165-178 2008 en
dc.identifier.issn 0958-9236 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/16528 en
dc.description.abstract Social constructionist work has demonstrated how the performance of heterosexuality for (heterosexual) men is unarguably tied to the construction of their masculine identities. In this article, we draw on Wetherell and Edley’s theorisation of ‘imaginary positions’ as it pertains to masculine identity formation, to make sense of 15 New Zealand men’s accounts of sex in long-term heterosexual relationships. Such relationships were constructed as a ‘safe space’ in which to resist a negative (former) imaginary position of the ‘immature self’ and in which to construct a positive (current) position of the ‘loving, enlightened, egalitarian, mature self’. Although this suggests a positive reconstruction of male sexuality in New Zealand (within the context of long-term heterosexual relationships) these positions remain constructed in a manner which relies on traditional masculine notions of independence and autonomy. This emphasises the fluidity of masculinity, and the way in which certain styles become prevalent, while maintaining traditional elements which bolster male power. en
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Gender Studies en
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dc.title "When I was a bastard": Constructions of maturity in men's accounts of masculinity en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/09589230902812463 en
pubs.issue 2 en
pubs.begin-page 165 en
pubs.volume 18 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Taylor & Francis en
pubs.end-page 178 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 80114 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2010-09-01 en

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