An Introduction to Masculinities

  • ID: 2247380
  • Book
  • 432 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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In the last thirty years, there has been a tremendous growth in the academic inquiry to understand men in their experiences as men. This growth is largely due to growing awareness of the problems that peopleface in trying to understand what it means to be masculine. This text introduces students to the research, theories, and basic issues in the field of Men and Masculinities, highlighting debates about the definition, origin, and the crisis in masculinity. The author provides a framework for studying the field of masculinities incorporating feminist, social constructionist, and interdisciplinary perspectives.

Written in an accessible style, An Introduction to Masculinities provides personal anecdotes and contemporary examples to make the theoretical concepts relevant to students lives. The text also introduces students to leading contributors and experts whose work have informed the field. The author gives the reader a context and structure by which they can critically understand and evaluate information about men and masculinities.

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Preface xi

Acknowledgments xvii

1 Overview 1

2 Social Context and Masculinities 21

3 Difficulties of Definitions and Masculinity as a Social Construct 47

4 Psychological and Interactive Models of Masculinity 73

5 Origins and Locations of Masculinities: Social Models 95

6 Origins and Locations of Masculinities: Psychological Models 117

7 Origins and Locations of Masculinities: Interactive and Social Constructionist Models 141

8 Men in Crisis 165

9 The Crisis in Masculinity: Essentialist Perspective 193

10 The Crisis in Masculinity: Psychosocial Perspective 209

11 The Crisis in Masculinity: Social Constructionist Perspective 231

12 Putting it All Together: Next Steps for Masculinities 261

Masculinities Terms 269

References 297

Author Index 367

Subject Index 385

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Jack S. Kahn
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