Trial and Error: Negotiating Manhood and Struggling to Discover True Self

April 2012
Journal of College & University Student Housing;2012, Vol. 38/39 Issue 2/1, p124
Academic Journal
USING A CASE STUDY APPROACH, this article explores how men become restricted in experiencing a full range of emotions and human potential. After reviewing current literature describing the pressures men face to conform to traditional ideologies of masculinity, the case study methodology is described, results presented, and implications for working with men in the residence halls are offered. Results illustrate a "trial and error" process where the participant moves away from human characteristics such as empathy, vulnerability, compassion, and expressiveness to eventually create an alternate conceptualization of masculinity.


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