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ERIC Number: EJ753469
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0954-0253
Masculinities and Mergers: Losing Ground through Territoriality
Pillay, Venitha
Gender and Education, v18 n6 p591-612 Nov 2006
This paper examines the extent to which masculinity played a role in the incorporation of an education college into a university in South Africa. I adopt the theoretical stance that masculinity is not a biological phenomenon that is peculiar to males but the socially constructed behaviour of masculine subjects that is contextually driven, and that the masculinity of institutions, and not only the masculinity of individuals, plays a role in shaping the outcomes of a change process. I go on to show: first that the discourse of power and control underpinned much of the behaviour of senior managers; second, the discourse of territoriality shows that the battle for asserting rights over space is linked to the masculine assertion of power. Finally I argue that masculinities survive and gain predominance, at the expense of other potentially beneficial social practices. (Contains 19 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Africa; South Africa