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"I don't belong anywhere. That's the problem.": (In)Between ethnicities, masculinities, and sexualities in Latino American coming-of-age novels.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study has been to examine representations of Latino boys and young men in Latino American coming of age novels. Two concepts have been central to the study: positions of (in)betweenness and the ability to "fall in line" with norms and expectations. Three overarching themes are been explored in relation to masculinity. These are sexualities, ethnicities, and the representation of women. First, representations of queer sexualities are explored, focusing on the protagonists' "coming out" process and the varying reactions to this. The second part of this theme explores representations of disciplining strategies between boys and men as a means to regulating homosocial bonding and maintain the dominant masculinity ideal. The second theme, ethnicity, examines representations of "authentic" Latino identities in relation to language and bilingualism, and the link between location and identity. Disciplining measures aimed towards the protagonists, such as criminalization and dehumanization, are also explored. The final theme deals with the lacking representation of women in literature and research focused on men and masculinity. In the novels, women are depicted as confidants, present in the boys' lives mainly in order to provoke and facilitate their renegotiations of ideas regarding the previously discussed themes. The boys are represented as inhabiting positions of (in)betweenness throughout the novels, whether in relation to ethnicity, sexuality or gender. While (in)betweenness holds a potential to challenge and "worry" fixed categories, these positions are also characterized by unease, precariousness and the risk of being disciplined by other men. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 79 p.
Keyword [en]
masculinity, boyhood, sexuality, ethnicity, Latino American, (in)betweenness, discipline, homosociality, identity
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Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-256781OAI: diva2:850347
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Gender research
Educational program
Masters in Humanities, Cultural Anthropology
Available from: 2015-09-01 Created: 2015-06-26 Last updated: 2015-09-01Bibliographically approved

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