R.W. Connell (Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA)
Publication Date :
1 Jan 1995
Shortlisted, Gleebooks Prize for Cultural and Literary Criticism, NSW Premier's Literary Awards 1995 Masculinities is a comprehensive introduction to a new field of knowledge and politics. Written by one of Australia's leading social scientists, it is a landmark publication in studies of men and masculinity. Connell puts the various approaches to masculinity developed by psychoanalysts, social scientists and social change activists under the microscope. She argues that while the goal of a science of masculinity is mistaken, we have powerful new ways of thinking about men's bodies and men's places in a gendered world. There is no single masculinity, but rather multiple masculinities which can be understood through a social analysis of gender relations. Connell traces the development of modern Western masculinities over 400 years, showing how gender was closely connected with empire and the creation of a global economy. She then examines the new forms of masculinity politics, including 'masculinity therapy' and gun lobby politics, finishing with a discussion of ways in which men can pursue social justice in a gendered world. Masculinities
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