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By Lahoucine Ouzgane, Robert Morrell

Whereas masculinity reports enjoys huge progress within the West, there's little or no research of African masculinities. This quantity explores what it ability for an African to be masculine and the way male identification is formed by way of cultural forces. The editors think that to take on the real questions in Africa-the many types of violence (wars, genocides, familial violence and crime) and the AIDS pandemic-it is important to appreciate how a mix of a colonial earlier, patriarchal cultural buildings and numerous spiritual and information platforms creates masculine identities and sexualities. The paintings performed within the publication relatively bears in brain how vulnerability and marginalization produce complicated sorts of male identification. The ebook is interdisciplinary and is the 1st in-depth and accomplished examine of African males as a gendered classification.

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In this chapter, the answer is that grim working conditions make such an exercise very difficult and suggest how important the nature of work is for gender change in the wider society. A major feature of contests over masculinity is their impact on gender relations. Will new configurations of masculinity be to the disadvantage of women? Victor Agadjanian’s “Men Doing ‘Women’s Work’ ” tackles the ways in which rising unemployment and the increasing “informalization of the economy” have undermined men’s economic advantage in the recent history of Maputo, Mozambique, by forcing them into low-income and low-prestige “women’s” occupations such as street vending.

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In the context of South Africa, where a negotiated settlement brought the ANC, as the democratically elected representative of the black majority, to power in 1994, Robert Morrell suggests that regime change can provide fertile conditions for gender change. Such change, however, although it is promoted by progressive human rights discourses, cannot be legislated into new understandings of masculinity. He asks: what are the social forces most likely to shift the content, expression, and enactment of masculinity?

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