Using ethnographic methods to explore masculinities at school: reflections on participant observation with young men in New Delhi, India

Iyer, Padmini (2014) Using ethnographic methods to explore masculinities at school: reflections on participant observation with young men in New Delhi, India. In: Dislocating Masculinity Revisited, 4th - 5th July 2014, University of Sussex.

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Abstract

This paper outlines findings on masculinities and violence from my multi-method PhD study, which explored young people's experiences of learning about gender and sexuality in three co-educational, English-medium secondary schools in New Delhi, India. In particular, the paper discusses the value of including an ethnographic approach when exploring masculinities in the study. This includes reflections on my embodied experiences of doing research with 15-17 year old boys. In particular, I reflect on how these boys reacted to me as a woman who looked Indian but was not-quite Indian, and who seemed like an authority figure but did not act like one. In turn, I consider how my personal responses to their behaviour affected my participation, observation and interpretations within the schools. These reflections are part of the process described by Cornwall & Lindisfarne (1994), which involves linking my position as a gendered political agent, my gendered socialisation in the field, and the ways I reposition myself within an academic context.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: masculinities, education, schools, ethnography, Delhi, India
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Depositing User: Padmini Iyer
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2015 13:02
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2015 13:02
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/55740

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