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Title: The invisibility of young black heterosexual men in sexual health discourses
Author: French, Kathy
ISNI:       0000 0004 2677 5429
Awarding Body: City University
Current Institution: City, University of London
Date of Award: 2009
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Historically, young men have been marginalised in the United Kingdom (UK) In discourses around sexual health, reproduction and teenage pregnancy. Young black men are subject to a number of differing and contradictory constructions of masculinity in contemporary society where notions of masculinity and male privilege are challenged by young women and other socio-economic and cultural changes. The aim of this qualitative study was to investigate the factors which influenced and shaped the sexual health attitudes of young black men as they made their transition into adulthood. Drawing on focus group and paired interviews, with eighteen young men (seventeen black and one Caucasian) in London, this thesis reveals how these young men's complex negotiations with hegemonic masculinity, gender, ethnicity, culture and socioeconomic status play a significant role in how they position themselves in relation to sexual subjects. The three key themes which emerged from the data focused around: 1) the preservation of the dominant and powerful male 2) the 'all knowing' but at the same time 'not knowing' male 3) the attribution of sexual power from young women This thesis explores the narratives from these young men in a reflective way, how they negotiated their transition during early adolescence into adulthood, their experiences of sex and relationship education within the school, family and wider community and the tensions expressed by the young men in relation to the (sexual) power held by young women and the attraction of the 'big' man Caught between a historical macho past and an evolving feminist future, some of these young men appear ill prepared for the competing tensions they experience. Many of them continue to adhere to rigid scripts of what it is to be a 'real man'. including models which propose that power, including sexual power lies with heterosexual men.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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