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Hermeneutical Portrait of Today’s 18–22 Year Old Young Adult Male

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This article’s objective is to help uncover today’s 18–22 year old young adult male in his modern day milieu in order to paint a hermeneutical portrait of his maleness and masculinity. It will attempt to do so utilizing two main categories: (1) psycho-social development and (2) socio-cultural types and archetypes. Psycho-social development refers to the meaning and telos of the young man’s “maleness” and “masculinity.” It is the self-perceived direction of his sexuality explored within the frameworks of physiology and post-modern implications of his development. Socio-cultural types and archetypes refer to the established male roles and masculine identity markers as well as the human energy that operates in the daily life of college men today. The article concludes with a portrait of the young man’s overall perception of the public sphere, how he is placed within a social and political mindset and imagination regarding maleness and masculinity today.

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Acknowledgements

I offer sincere gratitude to Professor Lewis Rambo and two anonymous reviewers for their very helpful and insightful comments on my essay. I dedicate this article to Dr. Kieran Scott—mentor, scholar, and friend, and whose transforming spirit remains deeply conservative in the best (postmodern) sense of the word.

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Parmach, R.J. Hermeneutical Portrait of Today’s 18–22 Year Old Young Adult Male. Pastoral Psychol 59, 641–655 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11089-009-0259-x

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Keywords

  • Psycho-social development
  • Maleness
  • Masculinity
  • Socio-cultural types and archetypes
  • Postmodernity
  • Philosophy
  • Religion
  • Science