Easy to Oppose, Difficult to Propose: Young Activist Men's Framing of Alternative Masculinities under the Hegemony of Machismo in Ecuador
2014 (English)In: Young - Nordic Journal of Youth Research, ISSN 1103-3088, E-ISSN 1741-3222, Vol. 22, no 4, 399-419 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Debates are ongoing on whether man can engage in gender change and challenge hegemonic masculinities. The study aimed to analyze in what ways young Ecuadorian mencurrently or recently involved in activism to advance gender equality and reproductive rightsdefined different masculinities, hegemonic and alternative. We used Grounded Theory to collect and analyze three focus group discussions and 15 individual interviews with 30 young activist men in Ecuador. A core category captured the process of defining masculinities: Moving from passive acceptance of machismo to critical reflection and action' that in turn linked to three theoretical categories: Opposing machismo', From machos to men', and Inspiring opposition to machismo'. We drew upon framing theory in social movement studies to interpret the findings and thereby enhance the theory of hegemonic masculinity. Young activist men successfully framed the problem and motives for collective mobilization, but they wavered when it came to framing solutions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 22, no 4, 399-419 p.
activism, Ecuador, framing, hegemonic masculinity, machismo, young men
Gender Studies Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-98446DOI: 10.1177/1103308814548109ISI: 000345333400006ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84910674621OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-98446DiVA: diva2:785612