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By Tim Edwards

Offering a survey of the social, cultural and theoretical matters which encompass and tell our knowing of masculinity, this e-book explores the interface among conventional sociological ways and the paintings coated via extra post-structural, media-driven or cultural views. Edwards popular for his paintings on representations of masculinities, makes use of grounded examples of the activity marketplace and household violence to set his theoretical dialogue. He argues that there's a want for extra discussion on males and masculinities among disciplines, and considers the validity of the worries and anxieties which encompass masculinity within the modern global via more than a few key issues, together with: the hot guy, the hot lad and ‘men’s routine’ males, masculinity and violence marginalized masculinities: black masculinity and homosexual male sexuality queer conception, performativity and style cinema, illustration and the physique. some of the most finished and innovative reviews of recent masculinity on hand, this ebook could be crucial interpreting for college students of gender, tradition and sociology.

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His self-declared aims are to theorise masculinities and to enact pro-feminist political strategies. Methodologically, his analysis is strongly informed by the work of Harding and Frankenberg in developing a feminist standpoint and in grounding theorising in the experience of oppression (Harding, 1987; Frankenberg, 1993). Consequently, his work includes an empirical study of pro-feminist men’s subjectivities through consciousness-raising and memory-work. Pease’s analysis is also informed by the rise of poststructural and postmodern forms of feminism, which both problematise subjectivity and attempt to deconstruct any kind of unitary gendered identity.

The motor driving this shift is the industrial revolution, which creates fatherhood as Saturnine, and feeds the growth of the greedy entrepreneur, the reckless settler and the 1950s model of the provider (perceived by Bly as a ‘bluff’) as more contemporary and acceptable forms of masculinity, which in turn dissolve into the Soft Man in touch with his feminine side. None of this exists separately from Bly’s participation in, and development and leadership of, the mythopoetic men’s movement, itself centred on consciousness-raising, vague notions of therapy centred on story-telling, and all male gatherings at retreats, Wild Man weekends and similar ‘back to basics’ types of events involving men bonding with each other and living with nature in the outdoors.

Hence, there is a near existential denouncing of masculinity, to the point of renouncing the term ‘man’ per se. Alternatively, Stoltenberg claims the label of being a radical feminist following his long-term alliance with anti-pornography Cultures of masculinity 30 campaigner Andrea Dworkin and his co-founding of the group Men Against Pornography. Starting with the dubious assertion that radical feminism was borne out of the black civil rights movement, Stoltenberg goes on to produce a series of essays on topics such as sexual justice, rape, the sexual binary, sexual objectification, pornography, war and abortion.

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