Hombres Y Machos / Edition 1

Hombres Y Machos / Edition 1

by Alfredo Mirande
     
 


Although patriarchy, machismo, and excessive masculine displays are assumed to be prevalent among Latinos in general and Mexicans in particular, little is known about Latino men or macho masculinity. Hombres y Machos: Masculinity and Latino Culture fills an important void by providing an integrated view of Latino men, masculinity, and fatherhood—inSee more details below

Overview


Although patriarchy, machismo, and excessive masculine displays are assumed to be prevalent among Latinos in general and Mexicans in particular, little is known about Latino men or macho masculinity. Hombres y Machos: Masculinity and Latino Culture fills an important void by providing an integrated view of Latino men, masculinity, and fatherhood—in the process refuting many common myths and misconceptions.Examining how Latino men view themselves, Alfredo Mirandé argues that prevailing conceptions of men, masculinity, and gender are inadequate because they are based not on universal norms but on limited and culturally specific conceptions. Findings are presented from in-depth personal interviews with Latino men (specifically, fathers with at least one child between the ages of four and eighteen living at home) from four geographical regions and from a broad cross-section of the Latino population: working and middle class, foreign-born and native-born. Topics range from views on machos and machismo to beliefs regarding masculinity and fatherhood. In addition to reporting research findings and placing them within a historical context, Mirandé draws important insights from his own life.Hombres y Machos calls for the development of Chicano/Latino men’s studies and will be a significant and provocative addition to the growing literature on gender, masculinity, and race. It will appeal to the general reader and is bound to be an important supplementary text for courses in ethnic studies, women’s studies, men’s studies, family studies, sociology, psychology, social work, and law.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813331973
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
06/01/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
0.48(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)
Lexile:
1480L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Latino Men and Masculinity: An Overview9
The Parable of Amy and Jake9
The Parable of Economic Man and Literary Woman11
The Parable of the Reasonable Man and the Mexican12
The Bem Sex Role Inventory14
Research on Machismo and Mexican/Latino Masculinity16
"Insiders" and "Outsiders": Issues in Studying Latino Men18
Fieldwork: Bias, Neutrality, and Detachment22
2Genesis of Mexican Masculinity29
Alternative Explanations of Hypermasculinity34
Indian and Spanish Images of Men: A Comparison and Critique55
Nepantla and the Concept of Ecosis57
3"Macho": Contemporary Conceptions63
Mi Noche Triste63
"Macho": An Overview65
Findings: Conceptions of Macho67
Regional and Socioeconomic Differences in Conceptions of Macho76
Regional and Socioeconomic Differences in "How Machos Act"77
Conclusion77
4Masculinity: Traditional and Emergent Views81
A Declaration of War81
The Bem Sex Role Inventory and Latino Masculinity82
An Alternative Measure: The Mirande Sex Role Inventory87
Regional and Socioeconomic Differences93
Nativity, Language, and Socioeconomic Status Differences95
Household Chores, Power, Interaction with Children, and Marital Happiness Differences in the MSRI and BSRI96
Implications and Conclusion98
5Masculinity and Fatherhood101
Man Most Respected or Admired102
Attitudes Toward Child Rearing and Parenting107
Deconstructing Assumptions: A Conclusion114
6"And Ar'n't I a Man?": Toward a Chicano/Latino Men's Studies117
Neglected Masculinities and Chicano/Latino Scholarship118
The "Good Ol' Boys" and Latino Masculinity119
"Reservoir Dogs": Overview and Critique of the New Men's Studies120
Folklore, Machismo, and Modernization: Toward a Profeminist Chicano/Latino Men's Studies122
The Latino Gay Voice and the Cult of Masculinity132
7Epilogue141
Glossary149
Notes151
References157
Appendix A164
Appendix B187
About the Book and Author189
Index190

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