Masculinity and Mayhem: The Performance of Gender in a South African Boys’ School
University of StellenboschStellenbosch, South Africa; University of South AfricaPretoria, South Africa
We describe an incident of disruptive behavior which occurred in a boys’ school in South Africa, and the context in which it occurred. The incident of mayhem is deconstructed in order to illuminate what it reveals about the performance of masculinity in the school. Descriptions are offered of practices and rituals which show how gender is performed within an elite boys’ school and how this incident illuminates the gender regime of the institution. The discussion highlights the contradictory and contested nature of performances of masculinity within the school. © The Author(s) 2014.