Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Everyday Masculinities in 21st-Century ChinaThe Making of Able-Responsible Men$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Magdalena Wong

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528424

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528424.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM HONG KONG SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.hongkong.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Hong Kong University Press, 2021. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in HKSO for personal use.date: 07 May 2021

Troubling Boys Becoming Men

Troubling Boys Becoming Men

Chapter:
(p.26) 2 Troubling Boys Becoming Men
Source:
Everyday Masculinities in 21st-Century China
Author(s):

Magdalena Wong

Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888528424.003.0002

The chapter describes, with two ethnographic cases, how hegemonic masculinity exerts influence during teenage boys’ formative years and their responses. There is a focus on failure or inadequacy, rather than the usual accounts of hard work and academic success in related Chinese literature. The boys' perceived docile and unmanly characters concern their parents, but the boys choose to exercise their agency to develop alternative masculinities, including interpreting androgyny and effeminacy as desirable male models, rather than conforming to the hegemonic ideal. The one-child policy and volatility created by the countrywide rural-to-urban labour migration are identified as affecting the lives of boys in 21st century China and leading, amongst other things, to large numbers of left behind children and only sons.

Keywords:   teenage boys, academic success, alternative masculinities, androgyny, effeminacy, male models, hegemonic ideal, one-child policy, labour migration, left-behind children

Hong Kong Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .