Are male role models really the solution? Interrogating the ‘war on boys’ through the lens of the ‘male role model’ discourse

Tarrant, Anna and Terry, Gareth and Ward, Michael and Ruxton, Sandy and Robb, Martin and Featherstone, Brid (2015) Are male role models really the solution? Interrogating the ‘war on boys’ through the lens of the ‘male role model’ discourse. Boyhood Studies. An Interdisciplinary Journal, 8 (1). pp. 60-83. ISSN 2375-9240

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This paper considers the ‘war on boys’ through a critical examination of the way boys and young men have been represented in what might be termed the ‘male role model’ discourse in policy and media debates in the UK. Critical engagement with academic literatures that explore the ‘male role model’ response to the ‘problem of boys’, predominantly in education and in welfare settings, reveals that contemporary policy solutions continue to be premised on outdated theoretical foundations that reflect simplistic understandings of gender and gender relations. In this paper we advocate policy solutions that acknowledge the complexity and diversity of boys’ and young men’s experiences and that do not simplistically reduce their problems to a ‘crisis in masculinity’.

Keywords:Male role model discourse, education, welfare settings, men and masculinities, boyhood, ‘crisis in masculinity’, JCNotOpen
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:08 Feb 2017 16:25

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