When do boys become men?

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How boys and men between the ages of 14 and 27 experience their own gender role, and what attitudes they have towards girls and women, homosexuality and gender diversity, is the subject of a joint project of the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) and the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences (FH DO). The project “Attitudes of young men with and without a history of immigration to gender and LGBTI in a changing, diverse society”, or Jumen for short, is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Interviews, questionnaires, online survey

The project leaders Prof. Dr. Katja Nowacki (Department of Applied Social Sciences, FH DO) and Prof. Dr. Katja Sabisch (Gender Studies / Sociology, RUB) are planning a qualitative
Interview study, standardized questionnaires and a large online survey. The study participants are young men with and without a history of immigration.

Responding to current debate

"With this we are reacting to the current social debate, which since the attacks on women on New Year's Eve 2015/16 at the latest has attributed a traditional and / or misogynistic attitude to young Muslim men with a refugee and migration background," explain the study directors.

Identify the need for action

They compare three different groups with one another: young men without a history of migration, young men of Turkish origin from the second generation and young men who have fled to Germany since 2014. In doing so, they take into account influencing factors such as socialization in the home country, the family of origin and peer groups.

The aim is to identify need for action on values ​​and norms for all three groups, which are then put into practice as prevention strategies against sexual violence and discrimination. To this end, the researchers are already working together with various youth and refugee aid institutions during the project in order to take into account findings from practical work in the implementation of the research and to ensure immediate transfer into practice.

Prof. Dr. Katja Sabisch
Chair of Gender Studies
Faculty of Social Science
Ruhr-University Bochum
Tel .: 0234 32 22988
Email: [email protected]

Silke Remiorz
Department of Applied Social Sciences
Dortmund University of Applied Sciences
Tel .: 0231 755 4926
Email: [email protected]

Prof. Dr. Katja Nowacki
Clinical psychology, social psychology
Department of Applied Social Sciences
Dortmund University of Applied Sciences
Tel .: 0231 755 6289
Email: [email protected]