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Meanings of Macho: Being a Man in Mexico City / Edition 2
     

Meanings of Macho: Being a Man in Mexico City / Edition 2

by Matthew C. Gutmann
 

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ISBN-10: 0520250133

ISBN-13: 2900520250139

Pub. Date: 10/16/2006

Publisher: University of California Press

In this compelling and readable study of machismo in one of Latin America's most populous cities, Matthew Gutmann overturns many stereotypes of male culture in Mexico. In their place he offers a sensitive, wide-ranging, often surprising look at how Mexican men see themselves, parent their children, relate to women, socialize among themselves, and talk about sex in

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In this compelling and readable study of machismo in one of Latin America's most populous cities, Matthew Gutmann overturns many stereotypes of male culture in Mexico. In their place he offers a sensitive, wide-ranging, often surprising look at how Mexican men see themselves, parent their children, relate to women, socialize among themselves, and talk about sex in their daily lives. Gutmann finds that men and women are responding to sweeping social forces in Mexico, just as they are in the United States, with women often initiating changes in male attitudes and behaviors. The Meanings of Macho takes the reader into Santo Domingo, Mexico City, the working-class neighborhood where Gutmann and his family lived. Exploring women's conceptions about men as well as men's ideas about themselves, Gutmann uncovers intriguing, complicated sexual politics among fris and informants. He discovers that, against stereotype, many men's nuanced, complicated sense of sexual identity encompasses considerable child care responsibilities and recognition of a newfound female autonomy. He also considers the kinds of homosocial space men are afforded in their culture, how violence against women plays itself out in this community, and the role of alcohol in male socializing.

Author Biography: Matthew Gutmann is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for United States-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900520250139
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/16/2006
Series:
Men and Masculinity Series
Edition description:
Tenth Anniversary Edition, With a New Preface
Pages:
362

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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments, xi,
Preface to the Tenth Anniversary Edition, xv,
Maps, xxix,
Introduction: Gender Conventions, 1,
1. Real Mexican Machos Are Born to Die, 11,
2. The Invasion of Santo Domingo, 33,
3· Imaginary Fathers, Genuine Fathers, 50,
4· Motherly Presumptions and Presumptuous Mothers, 89,
5· Men's Sex, 111,
6. Diapers and Dishes, Words and Deeds, 146,
7· Degendering Alcohol, 173,
8. Fear and Loathing in Male Violence, 196,
9· Machismo, 221,
10. Creative Contradictions, 243,
Notes, 265,
Glossary, 291,
Bibliography, 295,
Index, 323,

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