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Are Male Role Models Really the Solution? Interrogating the ‘War on Boys’ Through the Lens of the ‘Male Role Model’ Discourse

Tarrant, Anna; Terry, Gareth; Ward, Michael R.M.; Ruxton, Sandy; Robb, Martin and Featherstone, Brigid (2015). Are Male Role Models Really the Solution? Interrogating the ‘War on Boys’ Through the Lens of the ‘Male Role Model’ Discourse. Boyhood Studies. An Interdisciplinary Journal, 8(1)

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Abstract

This article considers the so-called war on boys through a critical examination of the way boys and young men have been represented in what might be termed the male role model discourse in policy and media debates in the UK. Critical engagement with academic literatures that explore the male role model response to what has become known as the problem of boys, predominantly in education and in welfare settings, reveals that contemporary policy solutions continue to be premised on outdated theoretical foundations that reflect simplistic understandings of gender and gender relations. In this article we advocate policy solutions that acknowledge the complexity and diversity of boys’ and young men’s experiences and that do not simplistically reduce their problems to the notion of a crisis in masculinity.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 Berghahn
ISSN: 2375-9267
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Beyond Male Role Models: Gender Identities and Practices in Work With Young MenES/K005863/1ESRC Economic and Social Research Council
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Item ID: 45216
Depositing User: Martin Robb
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2016 10:42
Last Modified: 09 May 2019 08:36
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/45216
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