Masculinity Constructing in Dagestani Male Youth Communities
Drawing on 60 in-depth interviews with adolescents and young men in Dagestan, I examine the construction of masculinity in the context of a postcolonial and peripheral society undergoing a transformation associated with deindustrialization, urbanization, and globalization. I focus on three male communities: freestyle wrestlers, street workout athletes, and devout Muslim youth. Members of these communities develop their variants of male identity, which differ in their attitudes toward violence, their view of the power of elders, and their form of moral sovereignty. These versions of masculinity are supported and stabilized both by configurations of power relations and mechanisms of intragroup homosociality.