Chapter

Popularity without Oppression

Mark McCormack

in The Declining Significance of Homophobia

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199778249
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933051 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199778249.003.0025

Series: Sexuality, Identity, and Society

Popularity without Oppression

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This chapter examines the social and friendship dynamics of teenage boys in schools where overt homophobia is absent. Highlighting that boys at Standard High do not ascribe to the orthodox tenets of masculinity, it is shown that popularity is maintained by being charismatic, authentic, emotionally open and friendly with a wide range of people. Importantly, even though some boys are more popular than others, boys do not marginalize their peers by labeling any student as ‘unpopular.’ Accordingly, this chapter demonstrates the significant positive effects on male peer group cultures when homophobia is absent.

Keywords: popularity; masculinity; friendship; charisma; authenticity; peer group

Chapter.  5858 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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