From Panthers to Promise Keepers: Rethinking the Men's Movement by Judith Newton

From Panthers to Promise Keepers: Rethinking the Men's Movement

byJudith Newton

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Written for a general audience, From Panthers to Promise Keepers draws on years of readings about, interviews with, and intimate observations of the men and networks who were involved in what some have called 'the men's movement.' Focusing on the decades between 1950 and 2000 in the U.S., From Panthers to Promise Keepers places networks of gay men and of black men (and women) at the center of its investigations, exploring some of the unexpected ways in which these seemingly marginal networks were precursors to, rather than mere followers of, the white and heterosexual men's groups that followed and that became the objects of media attention. This study also demonstrates that networks with radically different positions on important social issues nonetheless shared two related activities-criticizing individualist, self-making values and attempting, through surprisingly similar ritual practices, to construct ideals of masculinity that were more expressive of vulnerability, tenderness, and care. Men's politically varied efforts to refashion masculine ideals during the last 50 years have contributed to a different global climate with respect to masculinities. Near the end of the 1990s, agencies such as UNESCO helped the reform of masculine ideals become more widely seen as a necessary component of movements for social justice and a 'culture of peace.' Current efforts to revive a more aggressive and force-based masculine ideal, a 'masculinity for a culture of war,' are one of many testaments to the cultural resonance of what has been called 'the men's movement.'

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Judith Newton is professor of women and gender studies at University of California, Davis. She is the author and editor of many books, including Women, Power, and Subversion: Social Strategies in British Fiction, 1778-1860 and Starting Over: Feminism and the Politics of Cultural Critique. She is currently head of the Consortium for Wom...
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Title:From Panthers to Promise Keepers: Rethinking the Men's MovementFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.96 × 6 × 0.65 inPublished:November 26, 2004Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0847691306

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Close Encounters Chapter 2 Men, Masculinity, and Mourning on the Mall: National Manhood and Male Romance Chapter 3 Revolutionary Men: Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Reconfiguration of Black Masculine Ideals Chapter 4 A Circle of Loving Companions: Radically Gay Chapter 5 Reenchanting (White) Masculinity: The Profeminist Heritage of "Men's Liberation" Chapter 6 Iron and Ironing Johns: Being Born Again in the Mythopoetic Movement Chapter 7 Fathers of Themselves Chapter 8 Reinventing the Husband Chapter 9 Doing The Work of Love: Promise Keepers on Work, Marriage, and Fathering Chapter 10 Beyond a Focus on the Family: Love Work As Race Reconciliation Chapter 11 The Politics of Feeling

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Judith Newton has produced a pioneering work that connects African American social movements of the 1960s to men's movements of the 1970s and 1980s. Her approach is innovative, weaving together a sophisticated theoretical argument with personal narrative. This well-grounded book adds considerably to our knowledge of how ideas and ideologies spill over to other social movements.