Nuancing Young Masculinities tells a complex story about the plurality of young masculinities. It draws on the narratives of Finnish young people (mostly boys) of different social classes and ethnicities who attend schools in Helsinki, Finland. Their accounts of relations with peers, parents, and teachers give insights into boys’ experiences and everyday practices at school, home, and in leisure time.
The theoretical insights in this volume are wide-ranging, illuminating the plurality of masculinities, their dynamism, and intersections with other social identities. The young people’s enthusiastic and reflexive engagement with the research dispels stereotypes of boys and masculinities and offers a unique and holistic re-imagining of masculinities. Nuancing Young Masculinities provides a nuanced and compelling understanding of young masculinities.
Marja Peltola is University Lecturer in Gender Studies at Tampere University. A sociologist and youth researcher by background, her research interests relate to intersectionality, gender, racialisation and personal relationships.
Ann Phoenix is Professor of Psychosocial Studies at UCL Institute of Education. Her research interests are intersectional and psychosocial, including work on motherhood, social identities, young people, racialisation and gender and narrative methodology.
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Summary: The authors situate their findings more broadly within the history of critical men’s studies and in the present context, serving to thoughtfully de-essentialize masculinities and understandings thereof. What I believe this book does well is showing us the multiplicity of factors that mediate the ability of these young people to adapt their practices to such values. This book is of great value to researchers in the field of gender studies, especially in the context of critical men’s studies. It is an enlightening and engaging read on the complexities of young masculinities.
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Summary: Kokonaisuutena Peltolan ja Phoenixin teos onnistuu tekemään muuttuvia maskuliinisuuksia koskevan keskustelun ja poikatutkimuksen risteyksessä vallinneeseen tutkimusaukkoon merkittävän kontribuution. Teos on pakollista luettavaa niille tutkijoille, jotka pyrkivät hyödyntämään muuttuvia maskuliinisuuksia koskevaa keskustelua suomalaisessa sosioekonomisessa kontekstissa.
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Peltola M. & Phoenix A. 2022. Nuancing Young Masculinities: Helsinki Boys’ Intersectional Relationships in New Times. Helsinki: Helsinki University Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.33134/HUP-16
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Published on April 5, 2022