Exploring Masculinities Identity, Inequality, Continuity and Change

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  • Copyright: 2015-07-13
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Exploring Masculinities: Identity, Inequality, Continuity, and Change is a comprehensive and contemporary reader for the growing field of men's and masculinities studies. It takes a conceptual approach by covering the wide range of scholarship being done on masculinities beyond the model of hegemonic masculinity. C.J. Pascoe and Tristan Bridges extend the boundaries of the field and provide a new framework for understanding masculinities studies. Rather than taking a topics-based approach to masculinity, Exploring Masculinities offers an innovative conceptual approach that enables students to study a given phenomenon from a variety of perspectives. It divides up the field in ways that provide accessible introductions to complex debates and key intra- and interdisciplinary distinctions. The book provides a portable set of conceptual tools on which scholars and students can rely to analyze masculinities in different contexts, time periods, and embodiments.

Author Biography

CJ Pascoe is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Oregon.

Tristan Bridges is Assistant Professor of Sociology at The College at Brockport, State University of New York.

Table of Contents


Introduction: (Re)Theorizing Masculinities: History, Hegemony, Reproduction, and Dislocation

Part I: Historicizing Masculinities
Historicizing Masculinities: An Introduction
Reading 1. "Remaking Manhood through Race and 'Civilization," by Gail Bederman
Reading 2. "Houdini, Tarzan, and the Perfect Man," by John Kasson
Reading 3. "Romantic Friendship: Male Intimacy and Middle-Class Youth in Northern United States 1800-1900," by E. Anthony Rotundo
Reading 4. "Clothing and Gender in America: Children's Fashions, 1890-1920," by Jo B. Paoletti
Reading 5. "Shell-shock as Social Disease," by George Mosse
Reading 6. "Breadwinners and Losers: Sanctions Against Male Deviance," by Barbara Ehrenreich
Reading 7. "Guyland: Gendering the Transition to Adulthood," by Michael Kimmel

Part II: Multiplying Masculinities
Multiplying Masculinities: An Introduction
Reading 8. "The Social Organization of Masculinity," by Raewyn Connell
Reading 9. "Retrofitting Frontier Masculinity for Alaska's War against Wolves," by Sine Anahita and Tamara L. Mix
Reading 10. "Soft-Boiled Masculinity: Renegotiating Gender and Racial Ideologies in the Promise Keepers Movement," by Melanie Heath
Reading 11. "Synthesized Masculinities: The Mechanics of Manhood among Delinquent Boys," by Victor Rios and Rachel Sarabia
Reading 12. "Inclusive Masculinities," by Eric Anderson
Reading 13. "Healthy for Whom?-Males, Men, and Masculinity: a Reflection on the Doing (and Study) of Dominance," by Matthew B. Ezzell
Reading 14. "On Patriarchs and Losers: Rethinking Men's Interests," by Michael Messner
Reading 15. "Masculinities and Structured Action," by James Messerschmidt

Part III: Navigating Masculinities
Navigating Masculinities: An Introduction
Reading 16. "'Do it for all Your Pubic Hairs!': Latino Boys, Masculinity, and Puberty," by Richard Mora
Reading 17. "'My Passport Says Shawn'-Toward a Hip-Hop Cosmopolitanism," by Mark Anthony Neal
Reading 18. "Masculinity Dilemmas," Amy Wilkins
Reading 19. "Styled Masculinity: Men's Consumption of Salon Hair Care and the Construction of Difference," by Kristen Barber
Reading 20. "Becoming a Firefighter," by Matthew Desmond
Reading 21. "Insider/Outsider Masculinities: A Bourdieuian Approach to Gender," by Adam Reich
Reading 22. "Manning Up to Being Gay," by Anthony Ocampo
Reading 23. "Negotiating the Field of Masculinity: The Production and Reproduction of Multiple Dominant Masculinities," by Tony Coles

Part IV: Dislocating Masculinities
Dislocating Masculinities-An Introduction
Reading 24. "Research on Men and Masculinities: Some Implications of Recent Theory for Future Work," by Alan Petersen
Reading 25. "An Introduction to Female Masculinity: Masculinity without Men," by J. Jack Halberstam
Reading 26. "Gosh, Boy George, You Must be Awfully Secure in Your Masculinity!" by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
Reading 27. "Midwest or Lesbian?: Gender, Rurality, and Sexuality," by Emily Kazyak
Reading 28. "William's Doll and Me," by Karl Bryant
Reading 29. "Penis Panics: Maleness, Masculinity, and the Matrix of Sexual Threat," by Laurel Westbrook and Kristen Schilt
Reading 30. "Navigating Vulnerability and Fear: Rethinking the Relationship between Violence and Contemporary Masculinity," by Miriam Abelson
Reading 31. "Dude-Sex: White Masculinities and 'Authentic' Heterosexual among Dudes who have Sex with Dudes" by Jane Ward
Reading 32. "Masculinities and Post-Homophobias" by Tristan Bridges and C.J. Pascoe

Conclusion: Historicizing, Multiplying, Navigating and Dislocating: Looking to the Future of Gender Theory

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