Date of Award
Master of Science
In this study, I compare how men, as football players and men, as fraternity members, manage self-impressions, negotiate gender boundaries, and maintain parallel hierarchies of masculinity on a college campus. Using social identity theory and symbolic interactionist concepts of self-presentation and in-groups and out-groups, I explore the foundations of identity formation and how the men in each group maintain distinct imperatives of hegemonic masculinity. Findings, based on in-depth interviews, reveal that these men exist in separate spheres and share a mutual respect for one another, and that their positive in-group identities strengthen their boundaries. These boundaries also help preserve their status as men, not only over other men, but over women as well. I offer suggestions for future research and discuss implications for how these subgroups of men can be better integrated into the college culture.
Alissa Renee King
King, Alissa Renee, "Locker rooms and chapter rooms: hegemonic masculinity imperatives and masculine identities among subgroups of men on a college campus" (2003). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 19455.