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Dislocating Masculinity : Comparative Ethnographies - Andrea Cornwall

Dislocating Masculinity

Comparative Ethnographies

By: Andrea Cornwall (Editor), Nancy Lindisfarne (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 6th January 1994
ISBN: 9780415079419
Number Of Pages: 248

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Much recent writing on and by men suggests that male hegemony is sustained and lent authority by the discipline of "men's studies." This book brings together a critical set of papers about men and masculinities which raise important questions on gender studies. In a sustained cross-cultural enquiry, local experiences of "hegemonic masculinity" are deconstructed to reveal the complexities of gendering and gendered difference. The familiar oppositions--male/female, man/woman and masculinity/femininity are analyzed, as is the other apparent certainty--that "a man is a man."
"Dislocating Masculinity" draws on anthropology and both feminist and postmodern theory to offer an ambitious yet accessible theoretical context for 11 innovative ethnographic studies of masculinity in settings which range from Imperial India to rural Zimbabwe to the gay community in contemporary London. By challenging the rhetoric of masculine power, "Dislocating Masculinity" offers a radical critique of much recent writing on and by men and raises important questions about embodiment, agency and subordinate masculine styles.
The contributors examine the complex relations between desire, sexual orientation, potency, fertility and sexual experience in different social settings, as well as the relation between gender and race, class and age. In both the theoretical and ethnographic chapters, the essayists focus on embodiment, agency and subordinate masculinities and in this way challenge essentialist and constructionist arguments which underwrite dominant ideologies of masculinity. By critically "dislocating" a singular notion of masculinity, the contributors show how particular versions of masculinity disempower both men and women.

Industry Reviews

"Cornwall and Lindisfarne make quite convincing criticisms that should be carefully considered by all scholars concerned with the deconstruction of men and masculinity." -"Men and Masculinities This is . . . the first collection of anthropology articles to address the question of masculinity both theoretically and ethnographically. As such, it is to be warmly welcom ." . . a timely volume with an important introduction by the editors which will set the terms of the debate on issues of men and masculinity for some time to come. The arguments should be accessible to advanced undergraduates as well as graduate students, and the book will be useful in anthropology and gender courses alike." -Sherry B. Ortner, University of Michigan "The authors of this quite impressive and path-setting collection of articles are primarily British writers...The clearly written and focused studies are mostly products of a London University Research Group and a seminar series. They are not formula-produced studies, but are shaped editorially so as to be easily comparable, and of great value for all classes in gender studies...the contributors have taken a giant step beyond inappropriate generalizing and abstracting in masculinist studies." -William G. Doty, "Journal of Men's Studies

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Dislocating Masculinityp. 11
Missing Masculinity?p. 48
A Broken Mirrorp. 66
Variant Masculinities, Variant Virginitiesp. 82
'We'Re Here, We'Re Queer, and We'Re Not Going Shopping'p. 97
Gendered Identities and Gender Ambiguity Among Travestis in Salvador, Brazilp. 111
Pandora Unboundp. 133
Men Don't Go to the Moonp. 147
An Economy of Affectp. 159
The 'White Negro' Revisitedp. 172
'Real True Boys'p. 184
The Paradoxes of Masculinityp. 197
Referencesp. 214
Name Indexp. 231
Subject Indexp. 233
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ISBN: 9780415079419
ISBN-10: 0415079411
Series: Male Orders
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 6th January 1994
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1