The Significance of the Body

The Construction of Masculinity among German Students

in Boyhood Studies
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  • 1 Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg
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This article discusses strategies of constructing masculinity among German school boys and shows the close interrelation of social status, social and symbolic value, and the success or failure of playing with male gender orders. It highlights the important role of the body in these processes. Based on data from ethnographical research the article shows that the body is an actor as well as target in the subordination strategies, which often includes the feminisation of other boys

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