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Deconstructing masculinity: Dominant discourses on gender, sexuality and HIV and AIDS from the experience of the adolescent male orphan

Juanita Meyer
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 69, No 1 | a1947 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v69i1.1947 | © 2013 Juanita Meyer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 February 2013 | Published: 17 July 2013

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Juanita Meyer, Department of Practical Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

As a postfoundational practical theological study, this article is interested in the description of the co-researchers’ experiences, as these are continually informed by various traditions of interpretations. It listens to and describes the current narratives of three co-researchers and deconstructs these narratives by looking at various concepts of masculinity and sexuality. It looks specifically at how these concepts are created and maintained through various socio-cultural dominant narratives related to gender, sexuality, and HIV and AIDS, and how these dominant narratives influence the creation of self- and alternative narratives of the co-researchers. This article employs research methods from the qualitative and case study research design and works from the theoretical viewpoints of a postfoundational practical theology and narrative therapy.

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Masculinity; sexuality; postfoundational practical theology; narrative pastoral therapy; HIV and AIDS

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