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Hegemonic preservation of heteronormativity: Experiences of gender in boyhood


2008 2008

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Boyhood gender is a complex and often times misunderstood phenomenon. Difficult to measure and describe it is frequently, but incorrectly, equated with biological sex and thus portrayed as a dichotomous positioning of male or female. Few scientific inquiries have sought to understand the complex interplay of social, biological, emotional and developmental influences on gender behavior from discussions with boys themselves. The purpose of this interpretive study was to describe the meaning and experiences of gender in boys. First person, in depth individual interviews as well as field notes were the primary data sources. Eleven boys between the ages of eight and ten participated in this study. These boys understood gender by describing what boys do; primarily acts of physicality such as sports and games. Although they understood gender as a process influenced by others (parents and teachers) peers were the most salient. They presented themselves as active, agentic participants in how they come to learn about and subsequently embody gender. Rituals of gender behavior maintenance were identified in this study. Rituals of confirmation, punitive rituals, pollution rituals, and enforcement rituals all served as methods of promoting and enforcing boyhood gender. The results support boys who are typical in gender presentation experienced felt pressure to maintain conforming gender behavior and that boys who were atypical in gender presentation also experienced felt pressure to maintain conforming gender behavior. Both groups experienced felt pressure to avoid nonconforming behavior. Boys atypical in gender presentation experienced distress, both in maintaining conforming behavior and avoiding nonconforming behavior; whereas boys typical in gender presentation did not. Understanding the complex worlds of boys and gender is essential for providing holistic care, as well as creating safe and supportive healthcare environments.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Nursing;
Sociology;
Boys;
Gender
Classification
0569: Nursing
0626: Sociology
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences; Social sciences; Boyhood; Gender; Heteronormativity; Phenomenology; Rituals
Title
Hegemonic preservation of heteronormativity: Experiences of gender in boyhood
Author
Rush, Steven L.
Number of pages
176
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
0034
Source
DAI-B 69/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549622369
Advisor
Kennedy, Christine
Committee member
Chesla, Catherine; Kennedy, Christine; Kools, Susan; Russell, Stephen
University/institution
University of California, San Francisco
Department
Nursing
University location
United States -- California
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3311342
ProQuest document ID
89297368
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/89297368
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