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Masculinities offers a comprehensive introduction to, and a remarkable synthesis of, a new field of knowledge and politics. It examines and assesses the history of attempts to create knowledge of the nature of masculinity by psychoanalysts, social scientists, and movements for social change. Connell argues that, while the goal of a science of masculinity is mistaken, we can gain fresh ways of thinking about men's bodies and men's involvement in a gendered world. There is not "one" masculinity, but multiple masculinities, which can be understood through a social analysis of gender relations. Contemporary developments in masculinities are examined through a close focus on the lives of four groups of men, interviewed especially for this study, who are undergoing different experiences of change - some working to transform gender relations and some resisting change. Their trajectories towards and away from hegemonic masculinity are traced in detail; some of these accounts are highly amusing while some are tragic. After this detailed analysis of the lives of particular men, Masculinities moves to a larger arena, and shows that modern masculinities are products of a 400-year history in which gender was closely connected with empire and the creation of a global economy. New forms of politics about masculinity have recently emerged. The final sections of the book examine these new forms as they have occurred in Western countries, including the currently fashionable "masculinity therapy", and discuss how men can pursue social justice in a gendered more

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 150 x 226 x 26mm | 521.64g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
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  • 0745614698
  • 9780745614694

Table of contents

Preface. Part I: Knowledge and its Problems: 1. The Science of Masculinity. 2. Men's Bodies. 3. The Social Organization of Masculinity. Part II: Four Studies of the Dynamics of Masculinity: Introduction. 4. Live Fast and Die Young. 5. A Whole New World. 6. A Very Straight Gay. 7. Men of Reason. Part III: History and Politics: 8. The History of Masculinity. 9. Masculinity Politics. 10. Practice and Utopia. Notes. Bibliography. more

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