Track : MAKING OF MEN - FROM MASCULINITY TO HUMANITY
Including socialisation, growing up, influence of education, sports, culture, tradition, religion, ethnicity, media; in harmful masculinities and violence, developing respect for diversity.
Age has been a critical dimension in defining men, and youth is the order of the day. Socialisation of boys including the role of violence in the disciplining process at home and in institutions has implications for men’s behaviours in later lives. Mass media is one of the most important means for the transmission, circulation and reception of local and global gender identities. Films and advertisement and other forms of popular media are reaching more people than before and these play an active role in circulating representations of masculinities. We are living in the age of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) which is creating new ways of interaction and young people are at the forefront of defining new ways of using this technology for both creative and harmful purposes. This track will explore the different ways in which boys are socialised into men and the multiple influences, both traditional and modern, on this process. It will also explore the possibilities of change in social norms and standards, through interventions both with young people and with the strong social influencers.
Young people’s concerns, sexualities, influence of media, tradition and culture may be explored within all the tracks.
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