Theorizing black (African) transnational masculinities

Pasura, Dominic and Christou, Anastasia ORCID: (2018) Theorizing black (African) transnational masculinities. Men and Masculinities, 21 (4) . pp. 521-546. ISSN 1097-184X (doi:10.1177/1097184X17694992)

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Just as masculinity is crucial in the construction of nationhood, masculinity is also significant in the making and unmaking of transnational communities. This article focuses on how black African men negotiate and perform respectable masculinity in transnational settings such as the workplace, community and family. Moving away from conceptualizations of black transnational forms of masculinities as in perpetual crisis and drawing on qualitative data collected from members of the new African diaspora in London, the article explores the diverse ways notions of masculinity and gender identities are being challenged, re-affirmed and reconfigured. The article argues that men experience a loss of status as breadwinners and a rupture of their sense of masculine identity in the reconstruction of life in the diaspora. Conditions in the hostland, in particular, women's breadwinner status and the changing gender relations, threaten men’s ‘hegemonic masculinity’ and consequently force men to negotiate respectable forms of masculinity.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published article: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License ( which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages ( First published online February 23, 2017
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 20626
Notes on copyright: Accepted Version: Pasura, D., & Christou, A. (2018). Theorizing Black (African) Transnational Masculinities. Men and Masculinities, 21(4), 521–546. Copyright © 2017 (The Author(s)). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
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Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2016 11:35
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2020 08:49

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