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End Of Masculinity, Sc : UK Higher Education OUP  Humanities & Social Sciences Women's Studies - John MacInnes

End Of Masculinity, Sc

UK Higher Education OUP Humanities & Social Sciences Women's Studies

Paperback Published: 1st February 1998
ISBN: 9780335196586
Number Of Pages: 178
For Ages: 9+ years old

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* Why does masculinity seem obvious yet prove impossible to define?* What has caused the erosion of men's power and will progress towards sexual equality continue?* How political is the personal?This book explains why both popular and academic commentators have found it impossible to define masculinity. It is because no such thing exists. Re-examining the ideas of thinkers such as Sigmund Freud and Thomas Hobbes, the author shows that modern societies faced the novel problem of explaining how men and women had equal rights, yet led such different lives, and solved it by inventing the concept of masculinity. It concludes that strong forces in modern societies encourage greater sexual equality, and that these are better supported by a politics of equal rights than by encouraging men to personally reform their masculine identity. MacInnes challenges established ways of thinking about sex, gender and masculinity that underpin not only feminist thought, but the treatment of these issues across the social sciences, philosophy and history.

Preface and acknowledgements
The genesis of masculinity
The fetishism of sexual difference and its secret
The crisis of masculinity and the politics of identity
The paradoxes of sex and gender Gender as socialization theory Freud's three essays
The collapse of patriarchy and the origins of gender kinship and the traffic in women
Thomas Hobbes social contract and the rise of universalism
Why the personal is not political
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ISBN: 9780335196586
ISBN-10: 0335196586
Series: UK Higher Education OUP Humanities & Social Sciences Women's Studies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 9+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 178
Published: 1st February 1998
Publisher: Open University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.3  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1