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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



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Renee V. Galliher


Renee V. Galliher


Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez


Sherry Marx


Melissa Tehee


Sara Boghosian


Latine masculinity is often looked at through simplistic concepts like machismo or caballerismo, which fail to fully consider the different aspects of Latine men’s identities. For example, how might a cisgender, gay, dark skinned, Latine man understand his masculinity as he moves between Latine and United Statesian cultures. In this study, we wanted to do two things: first, we wanted to understand how the cultural and intersectional aspects of their lives shape how Latine men see their masculinity. Second, we wanted to celebrate the diverse ways in which they express their masculinity, considering things like their skin color, region of origin, and sexual orientation. We talked to 12 Latine cisgender men who live in the U.S. about how they see themselves as masculine. We used a semistructured interview and asked them to bring artifacts that represent their masculinity to the interview for discussion. We then analyzed their responses using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), which allowed us to incorporate ideas from intersectional, borderlands, and social identity theories. We found that these men’s experiences of privilege and oppression, based on different aspects of their identity, shaped the ways they saw themselves as men. They also discussed different ways of expressing their masculinity depending on their cultural context, as they moved between Latine and white United Statesian spaces. Overall, our study suggests much more to explore with regard to the experiences of Latine men, especially when we consider all the different aspects of their identities. This could help us better understand how Latine masculinity is formed and expressed. We also talk about some ideas for future research in this area and implications for the field.



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