Politics of Masculinities: Men in Movements - Gender Lens (Hardback)
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Politics of Masculinities: Men in Movements - Gender Lens (Hardback)

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Hardback 164 Pages / Published: 06/09/1997
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The profound changes wrought by the feminist movement were by no means restricted to women. In the years since feminism has taken root, the role of men and masculinity has begun to undergo its own redefinition. Michael A. Messner provides a sociological framework to understand the responses of men to the changes, challenges, and crises in the social organization of gender. By examining not only what certain groups of men say about gender but what they do, Messner helps to illuminate the various social movements engaged with the politics of masculinity. Politics of Masculinities is one of the first books in the new Gender Lens series, which will look at the social world through the lens of gender. The mission of the series is to unpack the assumptions about gender that pervade social life, and to examine the centrality of these assumptions to the way we perceive and interpret our world. Politics of Masculinities is an ideal introduction to the discussion of gender roles and masculinity. This book will be of interest to students and professionals involved in gender studies, sociology, and menrs studies.

Publisher: AltaMira Press,U.S.
ISBN: 9780803955769
Number of pages: 164
Weight: 349 g
Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
This is a timely and lively book that illuminates not only what different groups of men think about gender but how they actually perform gender in their daily lives..... -- Verta Taylor, Professor, University of California at Santa Barbara * Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society *
It stands out from a good deal of the sociological work on masculinity. -- Sean Nixon * British Journal of Sociology *
<Politics of Masculinities: Men in Movements is an insightful and progressive sociological analysis of the wide range of men's movement discourse and practice in the contemporary United States. As such it serves as an excellent introduction of its subject for students and scholars, and it will likely become a standard text in undergraduate courses on critical studies of masculinities.... * American Studies *
Messner (sociology, Univ. of Southern California) describes eight recent men's movements in the U.S.: Christian Promise Keepers, Mythopoetic 'Iron John' masculinity, the Men's Liberation Movement, the Men's Rights Movement, Radical Feminist Men, Socialist Feminist Men, Racialized Masculinity Politics, and Gay Male Liberation. He positions the movements on different areas within a triangular-shaped diagram he calls 'the terrain of masculinity politics.' The three angles of the diagram represent institutionalized male privileges; the costs to men of masculinity; and the differences and inequalities among men. He later places his hoped-for future men's movement (which he perceives as a multicultural feminism) in an extension of this triangle and perceptively probes the strengths, weaknesses, and contradictions within and between the movements. A lucid, jargon-free overview of recent American men's reactions to feminism. All levels.. -- R.W. Smith, (California State University, Northridge) * CHOICE *
Messner (sociology, Univ. of Southern California) describes eight recent men's movements in the U.S.: Christian Promise Keepers, Mythopoetic 'Iron John' masculinity, the Men's Liberation Movement, the Men's Rights Movement, Radical Feminist Men, Socialist Feminist Men, Racialized Masculinity Politics, and Gay Male Liberation. He positions the movements on different areas within a triangular-shaped diagram he calls 'the terrain of masculinity politics.' The three angles of the diagram represent institutionalized male privileges; the costs to men of masculinity; and the differences and inequalities among men. He later places his hoped-for future men's movement (which he perceives as a multicultural feminism) in an extension of this triangle and perceptively probes the strengths, weaknesses, and contradictions within and between the movements. A lucid, jargon-free overview of recent American men's reactions to feminism. All levels. -- R.W. Smith, (California State University, Northridge) * CHOICE *
This is a timely and lively book that illuminates not only what different groups of men think about gender but how they actually perform gender in their daily lives. -- Verta Taylor, Professor, University of California at Santa Barbara * Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society *
is an insightful and progressive sociological analysis of the wide range of men's movement discourse and practice in the contemporary United States. As such it serves as an excellent introduction of its subject for students and scholars, and it will likely become a standard text in undergraduate courses on critical studies of masculinities. * American Studies *

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