This article draws on a case study of 15 boys aged between 13 and 14 years who attend an urban ethno-centric community school located in Melbourne, Australia. The study investigated how the boys' constructions of masculinity were mediated by a strong connectedness to their Greek cultural
traditions and ideals. Data generated from focus group discussions provided insights into the complex ways in which the boys individually and collectively constructed their understandings of what it means to be a man. For most boys, maleness constituted cultural traditions and behaviours that
must be learnt: a code of conduct which a boy acquires from his elders that is talked into existence and transmitted through a hegemonic discourse. Yet the findings also revealed the agency boys can exercise and the fluidity of their configurations: contradictions and inconsistencies being
an inherent part of the recursive process of their gendered identity formation.
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Document Type: Research Article
Melbourne Graduate School of Education,University of Melbourne, ParkvilleMelbourne3010Australia
St Michael's Grammar School, St KildaMelbourne3184, Australia
January 1, 2012
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