When bad is cool: violence and crime as rites of passage to manhood

Plummer, David, and Geofroy, Stephen (2010) When bad is cool: violence and crime as rites of passage to manhood. Caribbean Review of Gender Studies, 4. pp. 1-17.

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Modern society has brought greater opportunities for peer groups to play relatively greater and increasingly unsupervised roles in the lives of young men as they grow up. At the same time social and economic circumstances have created pressures for adults, who previously played a central role in guiding and mentoring young people, to become less important in their lives. The increased influence of peer groups has a strong impact upon the codes of masculinity that many boys aspire to and plays a central role in policing which masculinities are considered ―acceptable. A potent combination of obligations for boys to act like ―real men and of pressures to eschew roles that have become discredited as soft, gay or feminine seems to be driving young men towards dangerous, risk-taking hyper-masculinities. The net outcome of these processes is for violence and crime to be increasingly seen as premiere ways of proving one's manhood in front of those who matter most to boys: their peers.

Item ID: 25687
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1995-1108
Keywords: gender, masculinity, violence, crime, peer groups, youth culture; rolling peer pressure, Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago
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Date Deposited: 21 May 2013 04:16
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169901 Gender Specific Studies @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920505 Mens Health @ 100%
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