Hetro or Metro?: the emotions of 21st Century British men within heterosexual intimate relationships

Dunton, Emily (2013) Hetro or Metro?: the emotions of 21st Century British men within heterosexual intimate relationships. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation compares the emotions of 21st century British men with those of the hegemonic stereotype of masculinity, particularly within heterosexual intimate relationships. The rise in therapeutic culture has problematised the relevance of the hegemonic ‘controlled’ male stereotype and furthermore promotes; a new, more emotional masculine style recognised as the ‘new man’. Consequently this study aims to reveal the extent to which young males have departed from traditional masculine emotional styles. Thematic analysis on data obtained through semi-structured interviews, involving ten participants, identified themes which demonstrated attitudes and values that revealed the extent of change regarding male emotional styles.
    Results indicated men are encouraged to engage with emotional styles that resonate with the archetype of the ‘new man’ within intimate relationships. However the hegemonic stereotype of masculinity remains dominant within the structure of heterosexual relationships as participants nevertheless adhered at times to gendered emotional stereotypes. Consequently men are seemingly taking steps away from the hegemonic stereotype however; this stereotype is still relevant as it remains of great influence to British culture and gender roles. What remains is a great tension between, on one hand, the more emotionally aware ‘new man’, and on the other, traditionally masculine men.

    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 11:17
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:31
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/13979

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