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Taking Care of Men : Sexual Politics in the Public Mind - Anthony McMahon

Taking Care of Men

Sexual Politics in the Public Mind

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Published: 13th August 1999
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The idea of the sensitive, post-feminist 'new man' has received great attention. This book sets out to determine how much of the hype is based on fact, and why such images have proliferated in the media. McMahon focuses on the pivotal issue of men's relationship to the vital daily work of caring for people - both physically and emotionally - revealing much confusion about the extent and the interpretation of change. Using statistical data, as well as interview transcripts and media analysis, McMahon draws insightful distinctions between pleasure and performance, assistance and responsibility, gendered personality and gendered jobs, and - underlying all - between consumption and production. Incorporating social theory, psychology and popular culture, this book argues that recent social conversation about men largely avoids the important political point that men's material interests provide a major motivation for resistance to pro-equity change.

'An invaluable resource for anyone teaching or studying sexual politics, as well as a fascinating and enjoyable read.' Sociology

Prefacep. vi
Introduction: Changing Men?p. 1
The Interests of Men
Having a Wife: The Division of Labour and Male Rightp. 11
Producing Men: The Labour of Lovep. 38
The Revolving Door
Stalled Rhetoric: The Optimistic Willp. 65
It's on the Agenda: Optimism over Imagesp. 92
The New Father: The 'Masculine' New Manp. 116
The Blocked Door
Blocked-Door Theory: Misrecognising Resistancep. 153
The Separated, Defensive Male: Psychologising Sexual Politicsp. 179
Conclusion: Waiting for the Manp. 213
Bibliographyp. 217
Indexp. 228
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ISBN: 9780521588201
ISBN-10: 0521588200
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 13th August 1999
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 15.29  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.36