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Constructing Masculinity : Discussion in Contemporary Culture - Maurice Berger

Constructing Masculinity

Discussion in Contemporary Culture

By: Maurice Berger (Editor), Brian Wallis (Editor), Simon Watson (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 27th December 1995
ISBN: 9780415910521
Number Of Pages: 350

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"Constructing Masculinity" is an anthology of 21 original texts based on presentations at the "Constructing Masculity" conference held at the DIA Center for the Arts in New York.
"Constructing Masculinities" is organized into five discursive areas addressed by leading academics, social and applied scientists, legal scholars, poets, activists and cultural critics. "What is Masculinity?" questions society's normative standards of the masculine and contemplates the extent to which men and women can transcend these stereotypes and proscriptions; "Masculinity and Representation" explores the ways in which representations of masculinity and maleness in the media and the arts produce, challenge and ultimately shape notions of the masculine; "How Science Defines Men" and "Masculinity and the Rule of Law" consider masculinity in relationship to science and law, two dominant social institutions that play a vital role in constructing stereotypes and establishing gendered power relationships; "Male Subjectivity and Responsibilty" asks how an informed and activist notion of masculinity can contribute to the political debates about identity and power.
"Constructing Masculinity" takes us beyond the notion of "men in feminism" to a more radical rethinking of the status of masculinity itself. Men must do more than admit their complicity in the patriarchy; they must begin to rethink the very boundaries that shape and define what it means to be a man. Conversely, women must play an important role in this reevaluation, an idea suggested by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's admonition that "when something is about masculinity, it isn't always about men."' Far from being just about men, "Constructing Masculinity" engages, inflicts upon, and has vital meaning for all members of society.
Contributors: Stanley Aronowitz, Derrick Bell, Leo Bersani, Homi Bhabha, Marcellus Blount, Judith Butler, Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, Barbara Ehrenreich, Anne Fausto-Sterling, Richard Fung, Sander Gilman, Marjorie Heins, bell hooks, Wayne Koestenbaum, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Carrie Mai, Philomena Mariani, Andrew Ross, Sapphire, Paul Smith, Abagail Solomon-Godeau, Michael Taussig, Kendall Thomas, Carole Vance, Michele Wallace, Simon Watney, Patricia Williams, George Yudice

Note on the Series
Introductionp. 1
"Gosh, Boy George, You Must Be Awfully Secure in Your Masculinity!"p. 11
Melancholy Gender/Refused Identificationp. 21
Social Construction Theory and Sexualityp. 37
The Aryan Boy Who Pissed on My Father's Headp. 49
Are You a Man or a Mouse?p. 57
Male Troublep. 69
Eastwood Boundp. 77
Doing It for Daddyp. 98
Schopenhauer's Beardp. 107
Loving Menp. 115
How to Build a Manp. 127
Law-and-Order Sciencep. 135
Gene Warsp. 157
The Great White Dudep. 167
Damaged Men: Thoughts on Kafka's Bodyp. 176
The Race-Charged Relationship of Black Men and Black Womenp. 193
Minority Men, Misery, and the Marketplace of Ideasp. 211
"Masculinity," "the Rule of Law," and Other Legal Fictionsp. 221
Meditations on Masculinityp. 238
Masculinity, Sexism, and Censorship Lawp. 250
What's a Straight White Man to Do?p. 267
The Decline of Patriarchyp. 284
Burdens of Representation, Burdens of Responsibilityp. 291
Masculinity in Black Popular Culture: Could it Be that Political Correctness Is the Problem?p. 299
My Masculinityp. 307
Contributorsp. 322
Bibliographyp. 324
Photo Creditsp. 331
Indexp. 332
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415910521
ISBN-10: 0415910528
Series: Discussion in Contemporary Culture
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 350
Published: 27th December 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.74
Edition Number: 1

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