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What Is Masculinity? : Historical Dynamics from Antiquity to the Contemporary World - John H. Arnold

What Is Masculinity?

Historical Dynamics from Antiquity to the Contemporary World

By: John H. Arnold (Editor), Sean Brady (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 14th June 2011
ISBN: 9780230278134
Number Of Pages: 461

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Across history, the ideas and practices of male identity have varied much between time and place: masculinity proves to be a slippery concept, not available to all men, sometimes even applied to women. This book analyses the dynamics of 'masculinity' as both an ideology and lived experience - how men have tried, and failed, to be 'Real Men'.

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'The essays in What Is Masculinity? insightfully demonstrate that its titular question is inseparable from the questions of what were manhood, manliness and allied notions such as virility and gentlemanliness, leading up to contemporary scholarly conceptions of hegemonic masculinity and diverse masculinities. These stimulating explorations take us broadly and deeply through a wide range of times and places. They importantly challenge historians specifically, and the rest of us more generally, to push through the boundaries of traditional scholarship to reach more complex and nuanced understandings.' - Harry Brod, Editor of The Making of Masculinities and Theorizing Masculinities, and Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at the University of Northern Iowa, USA

'[...] Informative, original, and challenging to the historian of masculinity of any period (although possibly not of any region) to make this an invaluable collection of scholarship and seminal in its own right, potentially helping to define the field and its direction for years to come.' - Jessica Meyer, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

List of Illustrationsp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Notes on Contributorsp. x
Introductionp. 1
Paradigms and Nomenclature
The History of Masculinity: An Outdated Concept?p. 17
Can the Hegemon Speak? Reading Masculinity through Anthropologyp. 35
The Whig Interpretation of Masculinity? Honour and Sexuality in Late Medieval Manhoodp. 57
Masculinity without Conflict: Noblemen in Eighth- and Ninth-Century Franciap. 76
Masculinity and Hegemony
Masculinities in Early Hellenistic Athensp. 97
Masculinity As a World Historical Category of Analysisp. 114
Hegemonic Masculinities? Assessing Change and Processes of Change in Elite Masculinity, 1700-1900p. 139
Masculinity and Fatherhood in England c. 1760-1830p. 167
Athenian Pederasty and the Construction of Masculinityp. 189
An Orchard, a Love Letter and Three Bastards: The Formation of Adult Male Identity in a Fifteenth-Century Familyp. 226
'To Make a Man Without Reason': Examining Manhood and Manliness in Early Modern Englandp. 245
'Boys, Semi-Men and Bearded Scholars': Maturity and Manliness in Early Nineteenth-Century Oxfordp. 263
Domesticities
St Francis of Assisi and the Making of Settlement Masculinity, 1883-1914p. 285
Homes Fit for Homos: Joe Orton, Masculinity and the Domesticated Queerp. 303
Three Faces of Fatherhood As a Masculine Category: Tyrants, Teachers, and Workaholics As 'Responsible Family Men' during Canada's Baby Boomp. 323
Modern Frontiers
Cow Boys, Cattle Men and Competing Masculinities on the Texas Frontierp. 249
Valorising Samurai Masculinity through Biblical Language: Christianity, Oscar Wilde and Natsume Soseki's Novel Kokorop. 370
'Proper Government and Discipline': Family Religion and Masculine Authority in Nineteenth-Century Canadap. 389
Punters and Their Prostitutes: British Soldiers, Masculinity and Maisons Tolerees in the First World War
Conclusion
Masculinities, Histories and Memories
Index
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ISBN: 9780230278134
ISBN-10: 0230278132
Series: Genders and Sexualities in History
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 461
Published: 14th June 2011
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 15.75  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.98
Edition Number: 1

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