Discourse analysis of conception of masculinity among Chinese male sexual abuse survivors

Tak Mau Simon Chan*, Yin Nei Esther Cho

*Corresponding author for this work

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This study aims to explore the conception of masculinity in organizing the help-seeking behavior of Chinese males in Hong Kong. Twelve informants, who had experienced being abused in various relationships, participated in the in-depth interviews. Discourse analysis drawn from the analytical process per James Paul Gee is applied to examine the data. Six discourse positions are highlighted, including placating masculinity, counter-masculinity, fragmented identity, masculinity through sex, identity through gender, and finally, non-normative sexual identity. The complicity of the concept of masculinity in Chinese culture and implications for social workers are further discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-35
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Social Work
Issue number1
Early online date19 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

User-Defined Keywords

  • Chinese
  • discourse analysis
  • male survivors
  • masculinity
  • sexual abuse


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