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The End of Masculinity: The Confusion of Sexual Genesis and Sexual Difference in Modern Society / Edition 1

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Overview

* Why does masculinity seem obvious yet prove impossible to define?
* What has caused the erosion of men's power and will progress towards sexual equality continue?
* How political is the personal?

This book explains why both popular and academic commentators have found it impossible to define masculinity. It is because no such thing exists. Re-examining the ideas of thinkers such as Sigmund Freud and Thomas Hobbes, the author shows that modern societies faced the novel problem of explaining how men and women had equal rights, yet led such different lives, and solved it by inventing the concept of masculinity. It concludes that strong forces in modern societies encourage greater sexual equality, and that these are better supported by a politics of equal rights than by encouraging men to personally reform their masculine identity. MacInnes challenges established ways of thinking about sex, gender and masculinity that underpin not only feminist thought, but the treatment of these issues across the social sciences, philosophy and history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335196586
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 178
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements
1 The genesis of masculinity 1
2 The fetishism of sexual difference and its secret 24
3 The crisis of masculinity and the politics of identity 45
4 The paradoxes of sex and gender 61
5 Gender as socialization theory: Freud's Three Essays 83
6 The collapse of patriarchy and the origins of gender: kinship and the traffic in women 100
7 Thomas Hobbes: social contract and the rise of universalism 112
8 Why the personal is not political 134
Bibliography 155
Index 162
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