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Man of Multiple Identities: Complex Individuality and Identity Intersectionality among College Men

ByShaun R. Harper, Cameron C. Wardell, Keon M. McGuire

In their book, College Men and Masculinities, Shaun R. Harper and Frank Harris III (2010) challenge educators and administrators to respond more purposefully to the developmental and educational challenges faced by undergraduate men. Doing so requires moving beyond what they have termed “the model gender majority myth”—a common misconception that all men similarly benefi t from the power and privilege historically and contemporarily conferred to men because of their gender. Also necessary, Harper and Harris argue, is a more complete understanding of college men as men with gender-specifi c needs and

often unresolved identity issues. Other scholars have noted the various ways in which young men experience confl ict around gendered norms regarding the performance of their masculinities in college environments (Davis, 2002; Edwards & Jones, 2009; Harper, Harris, & Mmeje, 2005; Harris & Harper, 2008; O’Neil, Helms, Gable, David, & Wrightsman, 1986).