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Contradictions and internal tensions in promoting non-violent masculinities amongst adolescent boys in Alexandra Township, South Africa. Malose Langa . Introduction. The construction of hegemonic masculinity as a key influential element in risk-taking behaviours such as violent crime.

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Contradictions and internal tensions in promoting non-violent masculinities amongst adolescent boys in Alexandra Township, South Africa

Malose Langa


Introduction
Introduction non-violent masculinities amongst adolescent boys in Alexandra Township, South Africa

  • The construction of hegemonic masculinity as a key influential element in risk-taking behaviours such as violent crime


Conflicting emotions and ambivalence
Conflicting emotions and ambivalence non-violent masculinities amongst adolescent boys in Alexandra Township, South Africa

  • Nathan: Yes. It’s like I am that simple guy. I wouldn’t say I am popular, I wouldn’t say I am a loser. I feel that I am in between.

  • Simon: Yes, being like in between, you wouldn’t impress people doing bad things. And again you wouldn’t be that guy that doesn’t socialize, like you lock yourself out.

  • Martin: “I hate to pretend. I just want to be myself”.


Rejecting tsotsi masculinity
Rejecting tsotsi masculinity non-violent masculinities amongst adolescent boys in Alexandra Township, South Africa

  • “let’s put five years down the line and see what is going to happen; who is going to be a bookworm, who is going to wash whose car, who is going to be whose garden boy, who is going to … you know stuff like that”.


Merc and big house
Merc and big house non-violent masculinities amongst adolescent boys in Alexandra Township, South Africa


Bookworms
Bookworms non-violent masculinities amongst adolescent boys in Alexandra Township, South Africa


Big house
Big house non-violent masculinities amongst adolescent boys in Alexandra Township, South Africa


House with a swimming pool
House with a swimming pool non-violent masculinities amongst adolescent boys in Alexandra Township, South Africa