Masculinity and Neighborhood Bullying among Adolescents in Ibadan, Nigeria

A Research Note

in Boyhood Studies
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  • 1 University of Ibadan feyisarat@yahoo.com
  • 2 Wellbeing for Women Africa offiong_ea@yahoo.com
  • 3 University of Ibadan amkemi@hotmail.com
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Abstract

Masculinity, as an identity signifier along gender lines, varies from one society to another. The nature, definition, and expression of masculinity (dominance, oppression, violence, and aggression) through social interactions may breed bullying, as found in the Agbowo community of Ibadan, Nigeria. The data for the study were collected through mixed methods and revealed that patriarchal constructed masculinity allows for hegemonic dominance, aggression, oppression, and violent acts that foster bullying among adolescent males in Agbowo. Hence, to address bullying-related problems among adolescents, an understanding of the societal context in which it is carried out is required.

Contributor Notes

Mofeyisara Oluwatoyin Omobowale is Research Fellow/Lecturer at the Institute of Child Health within the College of Medicine at the University of Ibadan. She earned a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Ibadan with doctoral research on “Space, Sexuality and Power at Bodija Market, Ibadan, Nigeria.” She was a recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies African Humanities Programme Doctoral Fellowship (2012–2013) and Postdoctoral Fellowship (2016), as well as the Cadbury Fellowship of the Department of Anthropology and African Studies at Birmingham University (2014). Her research interests cut across sexuality, culture, and health. Email: feyisarat@yahoo.com

Offiong Akpabio is a freelance writer with Wellbeing for Women Africa, a charity registered in England and Wales. She earned her Master's in Child and Adolescent Health from the Institute of Child Health at the University of Ibadan. She is the founder of Today's Adolescents and Young People's Initiative, an organization that provides support for adolescent and young people with physical, social, and psychological health challenges. Email: offiong_ea@yahoo.com

Olukemi K Amodu is Professor of Genetics/Molecular Biology and Public Health and Specialist Adviser in the Institute of Child Health at the University of Ibadan, where she obtained her Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD. She has been involved in several research studies such as childhood infectious diseases (malaria) relevant to public health research. She has collaborated with experts in Nigeria and in international laboratories in malaria research, including the Malaria Genetic Epidemiology Network and the EU-funded Biology of the Malaria Parasite. She recently developed the curriculum for the pioneering academic Master's program in Public Health Biotechnology. Email: amkemi@hotmail.com

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