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Title: 'South Asian' young men : stories, accounts and masculinities
Author: Razak, Amina
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2009
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This thesis is concerned with young 'South Asian' and in particular Bangladeshi and Pakistani men, their new masculinities and experiences of racism. The thesis examines the life stories of young Bangladeshi and Pakistani young men aged eighteen to twenty-eight living in the North-East and North-West of England. The thesis contributes to research and theory on Bangladeshi and Pakistani masculinity by looking in detail at young men's lives and how they understand and talk about these. This is a comparative piece of research which analyses and dissects the experiences of young Bangladeshi and Pakistani young men and realizes what configures their masculinity, it takes as axiomatic that 'South Asian's are not a homogenous category and there are various experiences, identities and masculinities at play. The thesis provides accounts of real experiences of how young men contend with their ethnicity, culture and masculinity in their lives and locality, and the tensions and strains they encounter in concealing their secret lives. The thesis is divided in to four chapters which offer a detailed literature review, a discussion of the life story research method and my own personal experiences, and the final two chapters analyse recurring themes in the young men's interviews and what 'makes' masculinity. The thesis concludes that young Bangladeshi and Pakistani men are not very different to young men of other ethnicities in relation to their use of violence and aggression, their form of protest, their defence and offence tactics, the occupation of space, and acts which display and confirm masculinity. What distinguishes young Bangladeshi and Pakistani men apart from other men is their cultural and religious heritage and the related understandings of 'man'.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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