This thesis is concerned with young 'South Asian' and in particular
Bangladeshi and Pakistani men, their new masculinities and experiences of racism.
The thesis examines the life stories of young Bangladeshi and Pakistani young men
aged eighteen to twenty-eight living in the North-East and North-West of England.
The thesis contributes to research and theory on Bangladeshi and Pakistani
masculinity by looking in detail at young men's lives and how they understand and
talk about these. This is a comparative piece of research which analyses and dissects
the experiences of young Bangladeshi and Pakistani young men and realizes what
configures their masculinity, it takes as axiomatic that 'South Asian's are not a
homogenous category and there are various experiences, identities and masculinities
at play. The thesis provides accounts of real experiences of how young men contend
with their ethnicity, culture and masculinity in their lives and locality, and the
tensions and strains they encounter in concealing their secret lives. The thesis is
divided in to four chapters which offer a detailed literature review, a discussion of
the life story research method and my own personal experiences, and the final two
chapters analyse recurring themes in the young men's interviews and what 'makes'
masculinity. The thesis concludes that young Bangladeshi and Pakistani men are not
very different to young men of other ethnicities in relation to their use of violence
and aggression, their form of protest, their defence and offence tactics, the
occupation of space, and acts which display and confirm masculinity. What
distinguishes young Bangladeshi and Pakistani men apart from other men is their
cultural and religious heritage and the related understandings of 'man'.