Building bridges across stories: Developing cross-cultural partnerships to challenge masculinity — Nicolas Mosso Tupper

By: Nicolás Mosso Tupper

This paper explores the possibilities of developing cross-cultural partnerships to support men in defying dominant prescriptions of masculinity. It focuses on the individual stories of two men of different ages and experiences living on different continents, and shows the coming together of their stories.

Both undertook a migration of identity away from dominating ideas and beliefs that justified harm and abuse, and towards a preferred form of masculinity aligned with their values, and with practices of dignity and nonviolence. Through the creation, translation and sharing of documents of resistance, each of these men was able to contribute to the other, and to receive something in return. This helped to counteract the sense of isolation often experienced by men who depart from dominant masculinities and seek to inhabit a more ethical way of being. It also enabled cross-cultural insights about the operations of power. I hope the story of these two men and their improbable partnership will inspire more partnerships that support the questioning of cultural ideas about how we perform gender, and that it will invite practitioners to notice and attend to acts of resistance to non-liberative ways of being.

Key words: masculinity; cross-cultural; partnerships; violence; alcohol; ethical restoration; documentation; narrative practice.

Mosso Tupper, N. (2023). Building bridges across stories: Developing cross-cultural partnerships to challenge masculinity. International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, (1), 0–0.

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  1. Barry Sullivan

    Thank you for your thoughtful and inspiring article. Some things that stood out for me:
    1. Your question about living farther apart from cultural standards and closer to dignity
    2. Not using non-liberative aspects of culture as an excuse for abuse or violence
    3. Your idea of a shared online document where a question can be sent and a written response invited – A new concept for me!
    I have done some work a few years ago in groups for men similar to a Men’s Behaviour Change Group, and also some individual counselling work with men wanting to step away from using abuse or violence and move towards respectful ways of speaking and acting. Exploring with men the idea of challenging cultural influences on masculinity offers me the opportunity to extend my previous and current ways of working

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