Deconstructing Men and Masculinities

Paperback | August 6, 2010

byMichael Atkinson

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Series: a href="http://www.oupcanada.com/tcs/"Themes in Canadian Sociology/aThis comprehensive introduction to masculine identity politics in Canada offers a range of viewpoints, narratives, and evidence about the contested nature of masculinity. Drawing primarily on author Michael Atkinson's ethnographic research of Canadian men over the past decade, the text explores theidea of masculinity in crisis and the attempt by many men to move beyond this perceived crossroads. Atkinson reviews the historical links between masculinity and social power, the cultural associations between masculinity and violence, the role of masculinity in sports cultures, the problems ofmasculinity for young men, the mass mediation of masculinity and misandry, and the rise of alternative and 'feminine' masculinities. Never before have men's social roles, statuses, and identities been so open to cultural critique and redefinition; Deconstructing Men and Masculinities provides anengaging sociological narrative to guide readers through this ground-breaking area of study.

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Series: a href="http://www.oupcanada.com/tcs/"Themes in Canadian Sociology/aThis comprehensive introduction to masculine identity politics in Canada offers a range of viewpoints, narratives, and evidence about the contested nature of masculinity. Drawing primarily on author Michael Atkinson's ethnographic research of Canadian men over ...

Michael Atkinson is an associate professor in the Faculty of Physical Education and Health at the University of Toronto. Before arriving at U of T, Atkinson taught research methods at the School of Sport and Exercise Science at Loughborough University in the UK. Atkinson has also taught in the School of Kinesiology at the University o...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.38 inPublished:August 6, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroduction: Masculinity in Crisis?What? A Masculinity Crisis? Really?Defining the CrisisPerceiving the CrisisSummary1. Men, Power, and Pastiche HegemonyChapter ObjectivesKnowing Masculinity and Social PowerThe Root of It All: Hegemony, Late Modernity, and FearLate modernity, implosion, and crisisSummary2. Violence, Residue, and Pastiche HegemonyChapter ObjectivesMasculinity, Violence, and Moral Panicking: The Usual SuspectsViolence, men, and media panicsSpectacle, Self-Violence, and Crisis Subjectivities: Project MayhemI. Backyard WrestlingII. LaddismIII. BugchasingIV. Ultra-Endurance RunningSummary3. The Lost (and Found) BoysChapter ObjectivesFinding Boys through StraightedgeCrisis, Callings, and Boyhood MasculinitiesDoing the Straightedge VocationSummary4. Male Femininities, Metrosexualities, and Liquid UbersexualitiesChapter ObjectivesReal Men Disappearing in a Risk SocietyMale FemininityLiquid UbersexualityUbersexuality and Body SupplementationSummary5. Sporting MasculinitiesChapter ObjectivesCase Studies in Residual PatriarchyI. Sexual AssaultII. HazingSummary6. Mass-Mediating Risk MasculinitiesChapter ObjectivesThree Faces of Televised MasculinityI. Unapologetic Men: Take Off, You HoserII. On the Margins: Boys and Men at RiskIII. Boys in Crisis: Atavism as SpectacleSummary7. The Unbearable Whiteness of BeingChapter ObjectivesPhysical Cultural [Whiteness] StudiesPostcolonialism and Whiteness StudiesFrom Libertarianism to TranshumanismThe Triumph of the Object-BodyNo More Mr. White Guy: Humanity+ in Popular CultureSummaryEpilogue

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"[Deconstructing Men and Masculinities is] an up-to-date examination of current trends in the study of (the crisis of) North American masculinity... It's very refreshing to encounter a Canadian sociological perspective on the masculinity crisis, and to consider even that Canadian masculinity(or better, masculinities) might be unique in nature." --James Pettit, Marianopolis College