Masculinity in Crisis: Myths, Fantasies, and Realities

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St. Martin's Press, Jan 1, 1994 - Psychology - 210 pages
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This book argues that masculine identity is in deep crisis in Western culture - the old forms are disintegrating, while men struggle to establish new relations with women and with each other.
This book offers a fresh look at gender, particularly masculinity, by using material from the author's work as a psychotherapist. The book also considers the contrubtions made by feminism, sociology and anthropology to the study of gender, and suggests that it must be studied from an interdisciplinary standpoint.
Masculity is seen to have economic, political and psychological roots, but the concrete development of gender must be traced in the relations of the male infant with his parents. Here the young boy has to separate from his mother, and his own proto-feminine identity, and identify with his father - but in Western culture fathering is often deficient.
Male identity is shown to be fractured, fragile and truncated. Men are trained to be rational and violent, and to shut out whole areas of existence and feeling. Many stereotypes imprison men - particularly machismo, which is shown to be deeply masochistic and self-destructive.

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Laurence Simmons is an associate professor at the University of Auckland. He has conducted fellowships and residencies at UC Santa Barbara, SUNY Stony Brook, and Cambridge University and is the author of "Baudrillard West of the Dateline," "From Z to A," and "The Image Always Has the Last Word," Roger Horrocks is the former head of the department of media studies at the University of Auckland and the deputy chairperson of New Zealand7;s broadcasting commission. Andrew Sharp is a retired professor of political studies. He is the author of "The English Levellers," "Justice and the Maori," and "The Political Ideas of the English Civil Wars," Stephen Turner is a lecturer in the English department of the University of Auckland.

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