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The construction of masculinity at school from the perspective of high school male students

Kırıkışla, Esra
This study aims to investigate the construction of high school boys’ masculinities in school setting and to reveal what side the school takes and how it positions itself in the process of fictionalizing masculinities. The data were collected through semi-structured interviews with male students and observations at various parts of the two schools. In depth interviews were conducted with 15 male students. Observations were conducted in classroom settings in different courses and the other parts of the school such as canteen, schoolyard and corridors. The interviews and observations were realized within a period of 4 months. Content analysis was employed through Nvivo 10 software that is used to analyze the qualitative data collected. The findings indicated that school environment and practices mostly support hegemonic masculinity. As the superior masculinity model among other masculinities, hegemonic masculinity can be defined as the indication of superior position of males in society. It was also revealed that both the hegemonic masculinity model that is supported by school and the other masculinity types existing in school setting come forth through body and meanings attributed to the actions of body.