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on 9 July 2014
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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on 7 December 1999
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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on 30 August 2016
A book that gives a lot of perspective and knowledge on what we've come to accept as evident. Masculinity as well a femininity a result of social constructions. I used it for my masters as my main theoretical reference. It's easy to use as such and on different empirical material.
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on 14 May 2016
great book, an historical overview of the way masculinity has been constructed throuhout the years
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on 28 January 2015
Essential book for anyone looking to explore the subject of masculinities and masculine identity.
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on 12 June 2011
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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