Men, emotions and change

Francis, Leigh (2013) Men, emotions and change. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The area of men and emotions is largely unexplored by academics in the field of Sociology. This dissertation is an investigation of men, their emotional styles and any generational differences therein. The research questions to be answered are: to what extent are there generational differences in relation to men’s emotionality and emotional displays in the UK? And have men’s emotional styles changed over time in the UK? These questions were answered through the use of qualitative semi-structured interviews with six men, three aged 18-30 and three aged 31+. These interviews were recorded, transcribed and later analysed using thematic analysis in order to identify themes found across the interviews. The themes found include, masculinity and male dominance, as well as the use of science as a justification for men and women’s differential emotional capacities. Literature on the topic also states that there are gender differences on emotional capacities and that men’s emotions are changing. It was largely agreed by the men interviewed that emotions are seen as damaging to male status and masculinity. It was also agreed that there is currently a social shift in which male emotions are becoming increasingly accepted within everyday life, not only by society but also by the men that they involve.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2013 08:46
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:31

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