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Men behaving differently: South African men since 1994

Walker, Liz



Liberal versions of sexuality, which mark South Africa's new democracy, have had a number of highly contradictory consequences for women and men, as old notions of masculinity and male privilege have been destabilized. The transition to democracy has precipitated a crisis of masculinity. Orthodox notions of masculinity are being challenged and new versions of masculinity are emerging in their place. Some men are seeking to be part of a new social order while others are defensively clinging to more familiar routines. Drawing on in-depth interviews with young African working class men, this paper explores new masculinities in contemporary South Africa. It examines how men negotiate their manhood in a period of social turbulence and transition. Masculinity, male sexuality, and the expectations which men have of themselves, each other and women are contested and in crisis.


Walker, L. (2005). Men behaving differently: South African men since 1994. Culture, health & sexuality, 7(3), 225-238.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Aug 6, 2006
Publication Date May 1, 2005
Print ISSN 1369-1058
Electronic ISSN 1464-5351
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 3
Pages 225-238
Keywords Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health; Health(social science)
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