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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Polity Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (2 Mar 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745634273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745634272
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.8 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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This is an exciting new edition of R.W. Connell’s ground–breaking text, which has become a classic work on the nature and construction of masculine identity. Connell argues that there is not one masculinity, but many different masculinities, each associated with different positions of power. In a world gender order that continues to privilege men over women, but also raises difficult issues for men and boys, his account is more pertinent than ever before. In a 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 mascunlinity research. Looking to the future, his new concluding chapter addresses the politics of masculinities, and the implications of masculinity research for understanding current world issues. Against the backdrop of an increasingly divided world, 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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By geokyp@netscape.net on 7 Dec 1999
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An excelent book. As I am NOT an authority on the subject, this book helped me go through the whole history of the examination of masculinity in a complete and comprehensive way. Connell explains all approaches, be they from a psychoanalytic, sociological or anthropological point of view, in an article that was also published, I believe, in Brod & Kaufman's 'Theorizing Masculinities'. In addition, Connell's view that there is not one masculinity but many (hence the title of his work), is a theory which is well substantiated and convincing.
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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 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Baraniecki Mark Stuart on 12 Jun 2011
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A lame attempt to pass off a fashionable, politically correct viewpoint as scientific research.
Example; "There is little evidence of even a weak biological determination of group differences in simple individual behaviours. And the evidence of cross-cultural and historical diversity in gender is overwhelming. For instance, there are cultures and historical situations where rape is absent, or extremely rare; where homosexual behaviour is majority practice (at a given point in the life cycle); where mothers do not predominate in child care (e.g., this work is done by old people, other children or servants); and where men are not normally aggressive."
What this agit-prop campaigner can't bring herself to say is that women usually look after children in very different cultures, that homosexuals are a minority and that there might be some obvious evolutionary/biological reasons for these facts - even if she doesn't like them.
The book in no way offers a balanced look at the interesting subject of maleness(or gender differences)and is just a psuedo-intellectual Marxist style diatribe of "victimhood" and guilt.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant views on thinking about men and masculinities! 3 Mar 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!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Thanks, I needed this book 9 July 2014
By William T. Hathaway - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Basic reading 28 Oct 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.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I baught this in hopes of receiving a usable theory of masculinity and left it no better off. 10 May 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
good book 17 Mar 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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