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Mexican American male negotiation of cultural sites: identity constructions and educational attainment at the intersection of gender and ethnicity

This study employed a narrative methodology to increase an understanding of how Mexican American males utilized their agency as they constructed their identities while negotiating competing hegemonic discourses in multiple socio-cultural contexts. The study used the theoretical lens of cultural production to honor the personal journeys of six Mexican American males as they negotiated the space between agency and structure. Findings describe how each of these men exhibited their multiple positionalities as they responded to the distinct expectations of hegemonic masculinities in both the Anglo American and Mexican American cultures. Participants’ narratives highlighted the role and influences of distinct and competing communities of practice that reflected different hegemonic discourses of masculinity on equally distinct and fluid gendered performances. As bi-cultural socio-cultural agents, participants moderated their gendered performances and exhibited strategic plasticity in response to competing hegemonies as they navigated multiple levels of marginalization.

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