IAS Working Paper on Notions of Masculinity among Young Malay Men

IAS Working Paper on Notions of Masculinity among Young Malay Men

The Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam is pleased to announce the publication of IAS Working Paper No 62: Changing Notions of Masculinity among Young Malay Men in Brunei Darussalam by T.P.M. Adi Nabil Fadzillah and Chang-Yau Hoon. Please see below for details.

Abstract: This paper explores various notions of masculinity among young Malay men in Brunei Darussalam. Using interview data from 16 male and female informants, it elucidates other forms of self-expressions and identities in contrast to the stereotypical and traditional notion of masculinity. While the data attest to the normative values and ways of being men recognized by the mainstream society and institutions in Brunei, it also found a significant “modern” approach and perception of expressing different notions of masculinity. This pilot study sheds light on the norms and values that define and shape masculinity among young Malay men within their socio-cultural contexts of contemporary Brunei Darussalam.

YAM Tengku Putra Muhammad Adi Nabil Fadzillah is a graduate majoring in Sociology and Anthropology at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. This paper was developed from his final-year thesis under the guidance of Associate Professor Chang-Yau Hoon.

Dr Chang-Yau Hoon is Director of Centre for Advanced Research and Associate Professor at the Institute of Asian Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Prior to this, he was Assistant Professor of Asian Studies and Sing Lun Fellow at the School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University (SMU), where he won the SMU Teaching Excellence Award in 2012 and SMU Research Excellence Award in 2014. He is also Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia in Perth and International Fellow at King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) in Vienna. He is the author of Chinese Identity in Post-Suharto Indonesia: Culture, Media and Politics (2008) and co-editor of Chinese Indonesians Reassessed: History, Religion and Belonging (2013), Catalysts of Change: Ethnic Chinese Business in Asia (2014), and Contesting Chineseness: Ethnicity, Identity and Nation in China and Southeast Asia (2021).

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