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Rhetorical representations of masculinities in South Africa: Moving towards a material-discursive understanding of men

Rhetorical representations of masculinities in South Africa: Moving towards a material-discursive understanding of men

Luyt, Russell (2003) Rhetorical representations of masculinities in South Africa: Moving towards a material-discursive understanding of men. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 13 (1). pp. 46-69. ISSN 1052-9284 (Print), 1099-1298 (Online) (doi:10.1002/casp.706)

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Abstract

A material-discursive perspective holds advantage in understanding male realities. It seeks to inte- grate dominant approaches that appear anaemic in their failure to capture the interplay between the material and discursive realms of human existence. Three dominant metaphorical themes in the rhetorical representation of South African masculinities are described in an attempt to illustrate the complexity of embodied masculine experience. In this sense the discussion seeks to reveal the dynamic nature of masculine debate and lived experience across differing contexts. It serves to underline the importance of adopting a material-discursive perspective in understanding men, which recognizes that they do not exist as a homogeneous social group, and as such experience their mas- culinities in a variable and changing fashion. The theoretical amalgamation of social representations and rhetoric is argued to provide a useful analytical tool in an endeavour of this nature. It is suggested that the rhetorical approach problematizes an overly consensual view of social reality that social representations theory typically promotes.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: "This is the peer reviewed version of the above cited article which has been published in final form at http://doi.org/10.1002/casp.706 . This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving."
Uncontrolled Keywords: masculinity; material-discursive perspective; rhetorical representations; men; South Africa
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 11:28
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/15761

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