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ERIC Number: ED554985
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 233
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3031-8295-2
Masculinity Defined: How Black Fraternity Men Understand the Pursuit of Hegemonic Ideologies
Walker, Pepper Eulanda
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, The University of Memphis
This study explored how Black men make sense of the masculine aspect of their identity and adult development juxtaposed with the ideology of leadership within the realms of a Black, Greek-letter fraternity on a predominantly White college campus in the South. Historically, administrators of colleges and universities have accepted those who participate as active members of Greek-letter organizations, as campus leaders who go on to become leaders in the community. Participants included 7 members of Chi Omega Sigma, Fraternity, Inc. (pseudonym). Each participant was interviewed and provided life stories following the line of masculinity from birth to present. By examining masculinity through the lens of Black feminist theory, the researcher was able to understand participants' stories from a critical perspective. This revealed power structures within the fraternity, inter-group racism, and influences of outside entities such as family dynamics. Narrative inquiry methodology was used to gather stories from the participants. Following a tenet for social justice of the "oppressed", Creative Analytic Practice (CAP), also referred to as the Seventh Moment, allowed for the utilization of creative forms of presentations of data. Through an analysis of participant voices, the following themes emerged: (1) The mating dance: Understanding enactments of gender and sexuality; (2) Follow your dress code: Abiding by the often unwritten rules for behaving, believing, and being; (3) It's all in the family: The fraternity doesn't change you, it brings out who you are; and (4) He's not too heavy, he's my brother: Understanding and accepting the individual despite imperfections and being an active role model. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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