Speaking for Ourselves

Masculinities and Femininities at the University of Zimbabwe

Rudo Gaidzanwa



Masculinity as an aspect of gender has not been salient in literature. Changes in the global economic climate leading to increases in male unemployment, the problems of HIV/AIDS and the increasing violence (wars, and civil unrest) have all led to research on how men perceive themselves as men; how society produces the ideals and scripts men live by, and how men cope with social problems in a fast changing world. In this book, students “speak for themselves” and valuable insights emerge vis-a-vis students’ experiences of masculinity and femininity. This is a good foundation for further research in an unexplored area.


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Rudo Gaidzanwa is a professor at the University of Zimbabwe. Her research interests include Industrial Sociology; Gender and Education.