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Hegemonic masculine conceptualisation in gang culture

Hegemonic masculine conceptualisation in gang culture

Luyt, Russell ORCID: 0000-0003-3842-0273 and Foster, Don (2001) Hegemonic masculine conceptualisation in gang culture. South African Journal of Psychology, 31 (3). pp. 1-11. ISSN 0081-2463 (doi:

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This research sought to investigate the relationship between gang processes and differing forms of masculine expression. Three hundred and sixteen male participants, drawn from secondary schools within Cape Town, were included in the study. These schools were in areas differentially characterised by gang activity. The questionnaire included the newly devised Male Attitude Norm Inventory designed to explore hegemonic conceptualisations of masculinity. Factor analytic procedures rendered a three-factor model stressing the importance of male toughness, success and control. Through a series of t-tests for independent samples, as well as supporting qualitative data, participants from areas characterised by high gang activity were found to support these hegemonic elements to a significantly greater extent.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gangs; masculinity; South Africa
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2020 07:55
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