Policing Masculinities: Investigating the Role of Homophobia and Heteronormativity in the Lives of Adolescent School Boys

  title={Policing Masculinities: Investigating the Role of Homophobia and Heteronormativity in the Lives of Adolescent School Boys},
  author={Wayne Martino},
  journal={The Journal of Men's Studies},
  pages={213 - 236}
  • Wayne Martino
  • Published 1 March 2000
  • Psychology
  • The Journal of Men's Studies
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