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Masculinities [Paperback]

R. W. Connell
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Aug. 31 2005 0520246985 978-0520246980 Second Edition
This is an exciting new edition of R.W. Connell's groundbreaking text, which has become a classic work on the nature and construction of masculine identity. In its first edition, Masculinities provided one of the most important voices in feminist scholarship by men. Connell argued that there is no such thing as a single concept of masculinity, but, rather, that many different masculinities exist, each associated with different positions of power. In a world in which gender order continues to extend privilege to men over women, but that also raises difficult issues for men and boys, Connell's account is more pertinent than ever.

In the new edition's substantial new introduction and conclusion, Connell discusses the development of masculinity studies in the ten years since the book's initial publication. He explores global gender relations, new theories, and practical uses of masculinity research. Looking to the future, his new concluding chapter addresses the politics of masculinities, and the implications of masculinity research as a way of understanding current world issues. Against the backdrop of an increasingly divided world, one that is presently dominated by neo-conservative politics, Connell's account highlights a series of compelling questions about the future of human society.

This second edition of Connell's classic book will be essential reading for students taking courses on masculinities and gender studies and will be of interest to students and scholars across the humanities and social sciences.

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"In a new introduction and afterword, Connell reviews more recent work and extends some of his thinking on the significance to masculinity of global economics, politics and culture." Times Higher Education Supplement --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"Clearly written and sophisticated, this book presents Connell's ideas about males and the social phenomena that interact with gender."—Choice

"Connell’s book is the fundamental study on masculinity as a formative factor on modern social inequality, and also of the most important books in the social sciences in recent years."—Journal for the Study of British Cultures

"A wonderful book; engagingly written, broadly researched, and politically useful. It is certainly one of the best of the recent, to use Connell's witty phrase, 'books about men.'"—Australian Journal of Political Science

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The concepts 'masculine' and 'feminine', Freud observed in a melancholy footnote, 'are among the most confused that occur in science'. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellente! March 28 2004
This book destroys the silly notions of those that ppl believe in a purely genetic basis for gender and those taht believe in strict gender roles... duh humans are usually more complex then simple dualities....
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good research/poor writing style May 14 2003
I purchased this book because it had been lauded as "a powerful reply to Iron John," the mythopoetic bestseller on manhood by Robert Bly. "Masculinities" was in fact not comparable to Iron John. This book seems to lack flow for the reader, the powerful technique of storytelling for the most part is missing, and a common thread of negativity runs throughout the narrative.
I welcome an alternative viewpoint from that of traditional authors on men's issues, the men's movement, and male psychology. However, it is really one thing for a writer to put his opinion out there for the world to see, and quite another to shred the works of others who disagree with him. I do not see eye to eye with everything that Robert Bly has written in Iron John or what Sam Keen has said in Fire in the Belly. However, in their own very personal way, both men get their points on masculinity across to readers without viciously attacking other authors. In addition, Bly and Keen are gifted writers who have the unique ability to see the power of "the story." Connell apparently does not see the importance of the story, although he has plenty of interview data to construct readable and interesting stories for his readers.
Positive points: Connell has done a very good job defining hegemonic masculinity, informing his readers about the existence of a wide variety of possible masculinities, and detailing the history of the study of masculinity. A very poor storytelling technique and a negativity in his writing style weakens his book, however. And in the end, this also very much weakens a male feminist view of masculinity in general.
This book is not something I would recommend reading from cover to cover -- as I have done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant views on thinking about men and masculinities! March 3 2008
By Ta-Wei Wang - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a must-have for all students of men's studies--in fact, for all gender related--courses. The book is truly interdisciplinary. Dr. Raewyn Connell is a leading sociologist from Australia. She combines her past academic efforts in education, political science, and feminism and over two decades of ethnographic studies on men and masculinities to develop her theory for understanding masculinities. Her "hegemonic masculinity" concept is widely cited, critiqued, and reformulated across academic disciplines. However those with little background in sociology and feminism might find it a little bit difficult to read. Among many fundamental texts on the studies of men and masculinities, this one belongs to the "sociology" camp, rather than the "psychology" camp. Though I come from psychology background, I found the points in this book very refreshing, stimulating, and challenging. Though the original edition was published in 1995 and Connell made little changes in the revised edition (she only added a new overview chapter and an epilogue), many ideas in the book still hold true today. This is not a happy thing to celebrate, because that means a certain group of men with socio-political power are still dominant and "hegemonic" in the society (with the "help" of "complicit" men) over the "marginalized" and "subordinated" groups of men, and women too. The book is a pioneer in advocating the plural forms of masculinities/sexualities/gender identities, which is a common acceptance in gender studies field now. I have attended a 3-day workshop on masculinities by Dr. Connell in 2006 in Taiwan. I was very impressed by her wide knowledge and enthusiasm on this topic. I don't agree with another reviewer that Connell only talked about limited aspects of masculinity in one country in this book. In fact, Connell offers several qualitative studies with wide range of men across different occupations, race, and social economic status, for example, unemployed youths, environmental activists, former athletes...etc. Her more recent studies even examine the interplay between globalization and masculinities (especially in the top multi-nation companies) and can be found in academic journals. Overall, this book is a classic and worth reading again and again. It's very useful for me in thinking about gender relations, social issues and conducting qualitative studies with men. I highly recommend it!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks, I needed this book July 9 2014
By William T. Hathaway - Published on Amazon.com
It was a great help to me in understanding and overcoming the murderous masculinity I was indoctrinated with in the Green Berets, a bizarrely gendered world full of sexualized violence. Connell makes it clear that the military is just an extreme example of a pathology that permeates our culture. She dissects patriarchal capitalism with writing that is both passionate and scholarly, always centered in that revolutionary point where the personal and the social converge. I recommend the book highly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Basic reading Oct. 28 2013
By Laura Tomàs Avellana - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a basic reading if one is interested in gender theories as a whole, and it gives you some deep understanding on the concept of masculinity and what to understand by it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I baught this in hopes of receiving a usable theory of masculinity and left it no better off. May 10 2013
By Alex Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought this was going to really lay masculinity out and provide a nice framework for its analysis but I was frankly disappointed. his ultimate definition of masculinity is all but indecipherable. take home point: masculinity is complicated and this book wont necessarily simplify it for you.
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good book March 17 2013
By Juliede de Andrade Alves - Published on Amazon.com
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I like de book, but I dislike the print because this is hampering from my read. The print is away of margin of the book.
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