Introduction: Playing at Masculinity

Adam D. Reich

in Hidden Truth

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780520262669
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947788 | DOI:
Introduction: Playing at Masculinity

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This chapter aims to study the lives of young men incarcerated in juvenile prisons and correctional facilities, beginning by explaining that the relationships and experiences of young men in juvenile prisons often remain hidden to the larger public, to these young men themselves, and that such experiences increase marginalization. It describes the concept of masculinity as understood by young men and their attempts to construct masculinity through a competitive struggle for distinction through “money, power and respect” in different social structures. The metaphor of games is used to describe the competition among humans to establish their hierarchies among themselves. Young men involved in crime and those in institutional care describe their attempts to establish power through external or internal concepts of masculinity in their lives—outside or inside the juvenile prisons.

Keywords: young men; juvenile prisons; masculinity; correctional facilities; social structures

Chapter.  11359 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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