Changing Men, Transforming Culture: Inside the Men's Movement

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The men's movement is a fascinating and vexing phenomenon that is part of the important history of gender change in the United States and the world. Men are finally engaging the challenges of feminism and rethinking what it means to be a man in today's society. At stake in this "crisis of masculinity" is the future of the family, the economy, and the society as a whole. This book analyzes the cultural imagery and the actions of the men of the mythopoetic men's movement in ...

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Overview

The men's movement is a fascinating and vexing phenomenon that is part of the important history of gender change in the United States and the world. Men are finally engaging the challenges of feminism and rethinking what it means to be a man in today's society. At stake in this "crisis of masculinity" is the future of the family, the economy, and the society as a whole. This book analyzes the cultural imagery and the actions of the men of the mythopoetic men's movement in particular, examining their ideas, goals, and behavior.

The book innovates theoretically by synthesizing cultural sociology with an interest in power as well as social psychology. Using ethnography as its primary research method, the study explores hegemony and microlevel power on the interactional level. The result is a dynamic look at the social construction of cultural discourse and the action that follows in this curious and unusual social movement.

About the Author:
Eric Magnuson is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Loyola Marymount University

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  • ISBN-13: 9781594513947
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Series: The Yale Cultural Sociology Series
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Magnuson is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Loyola Marymount University.
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Table of Contents


Preface and Acknowledgments     ix
Cultural Construction and Social Change     1
Masculinity and Gender Politics     1
The Mythopoetic Men's Movement     4
Previous Understandings of the Movement     7
Hegemony, Discourse, and the American Dream     8
Cultural Sociology, Power, and Ethnography     11
Getting inside the Mythopoetic Movement     12
What Is Masculinity?     15
Outline of the Book     17
Notes     19
A New Direction in Interpreting Masculinity     21
Central Issues in the Study of Masculinity     22
The Major Theoretical Paradigms     24
Previous Approaches to Studying the Mythopoetic Men's Movement     35
Conclusion     39
Notes     40
The Power of the Organic Intellectual     43
Consciousness-Raising and Social Change     44
Gramsci and the Organic Intellectual     45
Leadership, Power, Control, and Socialization     48
Understanding Group Processes of Socialization     49
Further Description of the Mythopoetic Men's Group     51
Micromethods of Socialization and Control     53
Conclusion     73
Notes     73
Constructing Counterhegemonic Masculinity     75
Cultural Sociology     75
Cultural Discourse Analysis     76
The Discourse of Mythopoetic Masculinity     80
Conclusion     97
Appendix     98
Notes     99
The Mythopoetic Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism     101
The Construction and Critique of the American Work Ethic     103
Institutionalizing Alternatives to the Model of Mainstream Material Success     113
Dramatic Life Change Using Movement Beliefs     118
Creating Smaller Movement-Inspired Changes     127
Conclusion     139
Notes     142
Conclusion     143
The Mythopoetic Men's Movement     144
Cultural Sociology     149
Interaction, Ethnography, and Microsociology     151
References     153
Index     163
About the Author     169
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