At-risk boys’ perceptions of masculinities and resilience

Tilling, Julia (2007). At-risk boys’ perceptions of masculinities and resilience PhD Thesis, School of Education, University of Queensland.

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Author Tilling, Julia
Thesis Title At-risk boys’ perceptions of masculinities and resilience
School, Centre or Institute School of Education
Institution University of Queensland
Publication date 2007
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor Professor Adrian Ashman
Abstract/Summary This thesis will address the need for gender issues and the discourses of power to be explored within resilience frameworks to achieve successful outcomes for at-risk males in intervention programs. Due to the western valorisation of traditional masculinities, the “backlash politics” debate internationally constrains challenges to the existing gender order within intervention programs. The discussion will deal with the notion of hegemonic masculinities and how boys with behaviour problems act out traditional masculinities to gain a sense of male power. It will focus on the notion of at-riskness, which defines these boys as the new victims of accepted social values and does not address the issues of how men victimise other men from different ethnic, class, and sexual preference minority groups, through violent and aggressive tactics (Connell, 1997). For these boys, exploring the interplay of hegemonic masculinities within society will enable them to move into connecting protective processes/factors within alternative programs and the community. Finally, I make suggestions for the design and implementation of future intervention/preventative programs that will integrate gender construction and resilient protective processes/factors.

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