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28 April 2001
ISBN: 9781856499163
372 pages

Global Masculinities

Changing Men in Southern Africa

Edited by Robert Morrell

Despite claims in some quarters that men are in crisis, in southern Africa they still dominate the domestic and public realms. But the power of men is not fixed, nor is it the case that all men share the spoils of dominance equally. Changing Men in Southern Africa looks at the different kinds of masculinity that exist in southern Africa, including white surfers, African lifesavers, Afrikaans-speaking supporters of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB), the Soweto Flying Squad, gay men, migrant labourers, African gold miners, unemployed youth, and black working class men. It investigates the ways in which these masculinities continually change: in some cases they accommodate challenge in order to preserve privilege, or respond to pressures with various kinds of violence. But in other situations, they embrace principles of democracy, peace and gender equity. Distancing itself from biological explanations of male behaviour, Changing Men demonstrates that dominant interpretations of masculinity still sanction violence against women, gay people, younger men and those belonging to other racial and ethnic groups. But it also shows that men are vulnerable, and that they are increasingly contributing to more equitable gender relations.


'The foundation text of masculinity studies in southern Africa . . . a striking contribution to the international literature' - Robert Connell, University of Sydney

About the Author:

Robert Morrell is a professor in the School of Education at the University of Natal, Durban. He has been studying masculinity in South Africa for nearly ten years. In 1998 he was guest editor for special issues on Masculinity of the Journal of Southern African Studies and Agenda. He is a member of IASOM, the International Association for the Study of Men. He has edited two books: White But Poor (Pretoria, UNISA, 1992) and Political Economy and Identities in KwaZulu-Natal (Durban, Indicator, 1996).