From Boys to Men

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Representing the work of some of the best-known theorists and researchers in masculinities and feminism in South Africa, this highly original work is comprised of a collection of papers presented at the "From Boys to Men" conference held in January 2005. Based on rich ethnographic studies in South Africa and elsewhere in in the continent, this collection addresses the argument that because South African feminine studies are fraught with problems, boys and men should be included in all research and intervention work studying gender equality and transformation. Chapters examine several issues of the African male psyche, such as varying identifiers of manhood, teenage masculinity, paternal responsibility, and the impact of HIV/AIDS in the region.


T. Shefer is both the director of and a professor in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the University of the Western Cape. K. Ratele is a professor in the Institute of Social and Health Sciences at the University of South Africa. A. Strebel is a managing partner at Sekao Headways Research, Training and Development, and a former professor of psychology at the University of the Western Cape. N. Shabalala is a senior lecturer and current director of the Child Guidance Clinic, the training unit for postgraduate clinical training of the University of Cape Town's psychology department. R. Buikema is a professor of arts, culture and diversity and the director of the Graduate Gender Program of the Faculty of Arts at Utrecht University.