Dr. Harriet Hayes
Dr. Benjamin Albers
Degree Award Date
Men, Masculinity, Bridgewater College, Hegemony, Structured Action Theory, gender, co-ed residence halls
Gender and Sexuality | Social Psychology and Interaction | Sociology
Gender is a dynamic issue on the campus of Bridgewater College. The significance of gender at Bridgewater was clearly demonstrated during town hall meetings held during September 2008, where students were able to express their thoughts and opinions about the possibility that the college consider co-ed residence halls in the future. During these meetings, many essential statements from female students about male students were made. To address the issue of gender at Bridgewater College, this study will look at whether hegemonic masculinity exists among the male student population of the campus through in-depth interviews. Also, the theoretical perspective of Messerschmidt's structured action theory will be tested and used to analyze how interaction within specific social situations contributes to differences in how masculinity is constructed. It was found that hegemonic masculinity is not a prevalent force on the campus of Bridgewater College, and that other forces impact this observation.
Wiley, Jonathan David, "Men and Masculinities at Bridgewater College: Hegemony and Structured Action Theory" (2009). Honors Projects. 158.