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In a Time of Fallen Heroes: The Re-Creation of Masculinity

In a Time of Fallen Heroes: The Re-Creation of Masculinity

by R. William Betcher

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The day of John Wayne and the Marlboro Man is over, assert psychologists Betcher ( Intimate Play ) and Pollack, both on staff at the Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital. Many men today, they argue, need assistance in establishing a new persona; their book, pop psychology for intellectuals, makes a valuable contribution to that quest. The authors stress the fact that a boy has to distance himself from his mother in a way that a girl does not and that this separation is a major trauma for all males, often exacerbated by the presence of a non-nurturing father. They deal with such issues as male rites of passage, adjustment to the world of work, the role of sports (not just prolonged boyhood, they claim) and, above all, love and sex. Forcefully argued but never dogmatic, this is an impressive piece of psychological analysis. (July)

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R. William Betcher, Ph.D., M.D.«MDNM», is Assistant Attending Psychiatrist at McLean Hospital and Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. A board-certified psychiatrist, he has also received a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and has written extensively about couple relationships.

«MDBO»William S. Pollack, Ph.D.«MDNM», is Associate Psychologist and Director of Continuing Education for Psychology at McLean Hospital, and serves on the medical staff of Massachusetts General Hospital and the faculty of Harvard Medical School. President of the Massachusetts Psychological Association and a principal in the psychological consulting firm Spectrum, O.E.D., Inc., in Brookline, Massachusetts, he has researched, written, and lectured widely on the psychology of men, and is a founding member of the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity.

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