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Ian's story : the complex interaction of ethnicity, class and masculinities

conference contribution
posted on 2002-01-01, 00:00 authored by R Keamy
In this paper, a narrative is used to convey the complex connectedness that exists between class, ethnicity and masculinity. The story is of Ian, a successful academic who describes himself as Eurasian, and traces his development through parts of his childhood and into his professional career, using what Gough (1994) describes as a 'realistic fiction'. Relevant literature on masculinities and ethnicity is considered. There is some evidence to suggest that Ian has developed a fluid version of masculinity as a result of his Asian-Australian upbringing, and that he expresses different masculinities according to the social settings in which he finds himself. The paper concludes, just as Ian's story does, that masculinity interacts with class and ethnicity. This accords with Connell's (1995) caution that it is dangerous to think that there is a colored masculinity or a working class masculinity, and that the milieux of class and race need to be considered as well.

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Title of proceedings

AARE 2002 : Problematic futures : educational research in an era of uncertainty : AARE 2002 conference papers

Event

Australian Association for Research in Education. Conference (2002 : Brisbane, QLD)

Pagination

1 - 19

Publisher

AARE Inc.

Location

Brisbane, QLD

Place of publication

Coldstream, Vic.

Start date

2002-12-01

End date

2002-12-05

ISSN

1324-9320

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed

Editor/Contributor(s)

P Jeffrey

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