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Masculinities Paperback – Aug 31 2005
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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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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.Read more ›
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