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Boyhoods: Rethinking Masculinities
     

Boyhoods: Rethinking Masculinities

by Ken Corbett
 

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ISBN-10: 0300149840

ISBN-13: 9780300149845

Pub. Date: 09/22/2009

Publisher: Yale University Press

Familiar and expected gender patterns help us to understand boys but often constrict our understanding of any given boy. Writing in a wonderfully robust and engaging voice, Ken Corbett argues for a new psychology of masculinity, one that is not strictly dependent on normative expectation. As he writes in his introduction, “no two boys, no two boyhoods are the

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Familiar and expected gender patterns help us to understand boys but often constrict our understanding of any given boy. Writing in a wonderfully robust and engaging voice, Ken Corbett argues for a new psychology of masculinity, one that is not strictly dependent on normative expectation. As he writes in his introduction, “no two boys, no two boyhoods are the same.” In Boy Hoods Corbett seeks to release boys from the grip of expectation as Mary Pipher did for girls in Reviving Ophelia.

Corbett grounds his understanding of masculinity in his clinical practice and in a dynamic reading of feminist and queer theories. New social ideals are being articulated. New possibilities for recognition are in play. How is a boy made between the body, the family, and the culture? Does a boy grow by identifying with his father, or by separating from his mother? Can we continue to presume that masculinity is made at home? Corbett uses case studies to defy stereotypes, depicting masculinity as various and complex. He examines the roles that parental and cultural anxiety play in development, and he argues for a more nuanced approach to cross-gendered fantasy and experience, one that does not mistake social consensus for well-being. Corbett challenges us at last to a fresh consideration of gender, with profound implications for understanding all boys.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300149845
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/22/2009
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Part I Boys, Masculinity, and the Family

Chapter 1 Little Hans: Masculinity Foretold 19

Chapter 2 Nontraditional Family Reverie: Masculinity Unfolds 52

Part II Boys, Masculinity, and Gender's Divide

Chapter 3 Boyhood Femininity: Masculine Presuppositions and the Anxiety of Regulation 87

Chapter 4 Trans States: Feminine Boys and the Therapeutic Scene of Address 120

Part III Boys, Masculinity, and Phallic Narcissism

Chapter 5 Faggot=Loser: Phallic Narcissism as Defense 173

Chapter 6 Fantastic Phallicism: Recognition, Relation, and Phallic Narcissism 208

Notes 235

References 249

Index 265

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