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Record ID: 90ee976e-f7e7-4931-9e67-cb01f7e14469
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/18902138.2022.2026684
Type: Journal Article
Title: Intersectionality and social justice in programs for boys and men
Authors: Flood, Michael
Keddie, Amanda
Hewson-Munro, Shelley
ANRA Topic: Primary prevention
Sexual violence and sexual harassment
Perpetrator interventions
Children and young people
Drivers of violence against women
ANRA Population: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities
Children and young people population
Culturally and linguistically diverse communities
LGBTQ communities
People with disability
Categories: Understanding victimisation and perpetration, and their impacts
ANROWS Completed Register of Active Research projects
Year: 2022
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Abstract:  Increased public attention to issues of gender injustice has led to a proliferation of community-based programs for boys and men designed to educate for gender respect and gender justice. An intersectional approach to this work is now seen as imperative. In practice, however, this approach is far from simple or straightforward. This paper presents data from a broader study of community-based programs in Victoria, Australia designed to support men and boys to adopt more inclusive and respectful masculinities. Drawing on Nancy Fraser’s three-dimensional framework of social justice, we foreground the economic, cultural and political justice concerns expressed by program leaders as impacting on boys and men. We argue that considering these forms of injustice within the context of programs for boys and men is important but potentially fraught in pursuing the goals of gender transformation and gender justice.
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BACKGROUND

Renewed attention to gendered violence has led to a proliferation of different community-based programs designed to support men and boys to adopt more inclusive and respectful attitudes and behaviours. Drawing on theories of masculinity, gendered violence and social justice, this study seeks to explore the social justice implications of programs in Victoria designed to support inclusive and respectful masculinities. It examines how these programs understand masculinities, gender, violence and inclusion in their work with men and boys and how these understandings reflect the principles of social justice.

AIM

The study seeks to identify the social justice implications of programs in Victoria designed to support inclusive and respectful masculinities.

METHODS

The study involves a critical stocktake of 20 programs (within Victoria) designed to support young men and boys to adopt respectful masculinities; interviews with program leaders about the aims and activities of their program; follow up case studies with five programs to further explore issues from the interviews; development of a resource with recommendations for practice; and workshops with interested stakeholders to share findings.

SIGNIFICANCE

Renewed attention to gendered violence has led to a proliferation of different community-based programs designed to support men and boys to adopt more inclusive and respectful attitudes and behaviours. While most of these programs are positive in supporting this goal, they can differ markedly in their approach. Some of them understand violence as an issue of masculinity and thus seek to challenge harmful masculine norms and recognise gender diversity; others are more focused on recognising and celebrating an essentialised masculinity (e.g. strong, self-sufficient, a protector of others). These different approaches have different implications for social justice and social cohesion more broadly.

FUNDING BODY

Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies (Deakin University)

FUNDING BUDGET

$90,000

PROJECT START DATE

June 2020

EXPECTED COMPLETION DATE

June 2022

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