Transforming Schools Through Minority Males' Participation: Overcoming Cultural Stereotypes and Preventing Violence

J Interpers Violence. 2014 Jul;29(11):2002-2020. doi: 10.1177/0886260513515949. Epub 2014 Jan 3.


Violent and racist behaviors are transforming schools into highly controversial sites. A key factor in this phenomenon, though not the only one, is the continued dominance of hegemonic masculinity. While researchers have considered a myriad of strategies to prevent violence, including community involvement, few have focused on the value of having male community members engage in the schools, especially males from minority backgrounds. Drawing from two longitudinal case studies conducted in elementary schools, this article explores the effects of such participation. The authors report on two major benefits: a reduction in the prevalence of cultural stereotypes related to males, and the development of spaces where bullying and other violence can be prevented.

Keywords: bullying; community violence; cultural contexts.