Negotiating masculinities and learning to 'be a man' at school in New Delhi, India

Iyer, Padmini (2014) Negotiating masculinities and learning to 'be a man' at school in New Delhi, India. In: 2nd MenEngage Global Symposium, 10th - 13th November, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

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Schools are seen as crucial sites in which young people ‘learn’ gender, both directly and indirectly. Nayak & Kehilly (2008) have argued that schools are ‘one of the most formative arenas in which young people experience and contribute to the (re)production of social norms’, including those relating to gender and sexuality. Meanwhile, last year, the Justice Verma Commission called for schools to ‘act as counter-socialisers to tackle gender bias and discrimination’ (Verma et al 2013).

This paper draws on findings from my multi-method PhD study, which focuses on young people's experiences of learning about gender and sexuality in three co-educational, English-medium secondary schools in New Delhi, India. The paper focuses on the ways in which boys negotiated masculinities and learned to 'become men' in their everyday lives at school. Findings are discussed in three main areas; how schools act as agents in reproducing masculinities; how students themselves are agents in (re)producing masculinities at schools; and other sites of learning which contribute to boys' understandings of 'being a man'.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: masculinities, education, schools, gender, sexuality, Delhi, India
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Depositing User: Padmini Iyer
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2015 13:11
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2015 13:11

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