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Gender Knot Revised Ed: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy [NOOK Book]

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The Gender Knot, Allan Johnson's response to the pain and confusion that men and women experience by living with gender inequality, explains what patriarchy is and isn't, how it works, and what gets in the way of understanding and doing something about it. Johnson's simple yet powerful approach avoids the paralyzing trap of guilt, blame, anger, and defensive denial that often result from conversations about gender. He shows how we all participate in an oppressive system we didn't create and how each of us can ...
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Gender Knot Revised Ed: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy

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Overview

The Gender Knot, Allan Johnson's response to the pain and confusion that men and women experience by living with gender inequality, explains what patriarchy is and isn't, how it works, and what gets in the way of understanding and doing something about it. Johnson's simple yet powerful approach avoids the paralyzing trap of guilt, blame, anger, and defensive denial that often result from conversations about gender. He shows how we all participate in an oppressive system we didn't create and how each of us can contribute towards its dissolution. He argues persuasively that something much better is possible and that our individual choices matter more than we can ever know.

This revised, and updated edition features expanded discussions of:

the core characteristics of patriarchy and its power as a social system

the relationship between individuals and social systems

"men's movement" assessments of patriarchy and gender inequality

key-and controversial-terms such as sexism, privilege, and political correctness

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Editorial Reviews

Selma Miriam
From Selma Miriam, Bloodroot Feminist Bookstore: \ "At last a man who got it right . . . . he creates a unique political context in which women and men can have feminist conversations . . . . and brings a freshness to . . . feminism that encourages us and gives us hope." \
Michael Kimmel
From Michael Kimmel, author of Manhood in America: A Cultural History: \ "As any knitter will tell you, the way to untangle a knot is not to pull hard on one end, but to gently shake the entire skein until all the threads are loosened. In this book, Allan Johnson gently and patiently shakes the patriarchal knot until each of the constituent threads becomes analytically clear. In doing so, he gives men a way to be part of unraveling that oppressive knot, rather than simply tugging defensively on their end." \
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592133840
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 12/11/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 649,688
  • File size: 908 KB

Meet the Author

Allan G. Johnson is a writer and sociologist with more than thirty years of college teaching experience. The author of numerous books, including The Forest and the Trees: Sociology as Life, Practice, and Promise (Temple), he speaks on issues of inequality and privilege on campuses all over the United States.
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Table of Contents

Preface and AcknowledgmentsPart I: What Is This Thing Called Patriarchy?1. Where Are We?2. Patriarchy, the System: An It Not a He, a Them, or an Us3. Why Patriarchy?4. Ideology, Myth, and Magic: Femininity, Masculinity, and "Gender Roles"5. Feminists and FeminismPart II: Sustaining Illusions, Barriers to Change6. Thinking About Patriarchy: War, Sex, and Work7. What Patriarchy?8. It Must Be WomenPart III: Unraveling the Patriarchal Legacy9. Shame, Guilt, and Responsibility10. Unraveling the Gender KnotAppendix: Resources for Unraveling the KnotNotesIndex
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    Posted November 2, 2002

    From the author.

    I wrote this book and my most recent book, Privilege, Power, and Difference, to help members of dominant groups explore issues of privilege in a nonthreatening way. I am a frequent speaker on college and university campuses and can be reached at Hartford College for Women of the University of Hartford.

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