The purpose of this research is to explore various qualities of masculinity on Hamilton’s campus. This study aims to determine whether Hamilton men follow a traditional/hegemonic form of masculinity, or whether they demonstrate characteristics of a more contemporary and inclusive masculinity. To do so requires a qualitative study closely examining how men learned gender roles, how they feel about their own masculinity, and how they perceive the masculinity of the generalized other. I argue that Hamilton men were socialized into the traditional/hegemonic form of masculinity but that the new social context of Hamilton, a small and very liberal community, encourages them to actively rethink and adjust their behavior to more closely reflect inclusive masculinity.

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Hamilton College


Bachelor of Arts

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Faculty Advisor

Stephen J. Ellingson

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