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Robert Morrell & Sandra Swart

In: Handbook of Studies on Men & Masculinities

Chapter 6: Men in the Third World: Postcolonial Perspectives on Masculinity

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Men in the Third World: Postcolonial Perspectives on Masculinity
Men in the third world: Postcolonial perspectives on masculinity
RobertMorrell, SandraSwart

This chapter examines men and masculinity in the postcolonial world, a world formerly controlled by European colonizers. It considers how men and masculinity have been analyzed using a number of different theories and literatures and suggests that the specific gender conditions of the postcolonial world require a flexible, yet syncretic, approach if their lives are to be understood and, more important, appreciated and improved.

Our starting point is that the world still bears the mark of colonialism. The World Bank, for example, divides the world into two economic categories: “more developed regions”— Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan—and “less developed regions”—the rest of the world. A ...

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