Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
Neighborhood Associations in Western India as the Site of Masculine Identity
Based on an ethnography of the lives of young men in a lower caste, working class neighborhood in the city of Pune, in western India, this chapter elaborates on the role of local neighborhood associations in mediating the construction and performance of a class and place specific masculine identity, for its male members. Lohokare focuses on the moral discourse of mutual help surrounding neighborhood associations and the latter’s active enmeshment with local electoral politics in order to highlight a class, caste and place-specific masculinity that these discourses and practices generate for its male members. Lohokare contends that in the light of their acute marginalization from urban social space, belonging to a neighborhood association provides space for working class boys and young men to project a collective self-image geared towards upholding a class-based moral code prescribed by the association and preserving self-respect, while consolidating a strong sense of belonging to a place simultaneously.
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