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Men & Masculinities: A Social, Cultural, and Historical Encyclopedia

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Overview

The process of "making masculinity visible" has been going on for over two decades and has produced a prodigious and interesting body of work. But until now the subject has had no authoritative reference source. Men & Masculinities, a pioneering two-volume work, corrects the oversight by summarizing the latest historical, biological, cross-cultural, psychological, and sociological research on the subject. It also looks at literature, art, and music from a gender perspective. The contributors are experts in their specialties and their work is directed, organized, and coedited by one of the premier scholars in the field, Michael Kimmel.

The coverage brings together for the first time considerable knowledge of men and manhood, focusing on such areas as sexual violence, intimacy, pornography, homophobia, sports, profeminist men, rituals, sexism, and many other important subjects. Clearly, this unique reference is a valuable guide to students, teachers, writers, policymakers, journalists, and others who seek a fuller understanding of gender in the United States.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"… the editors of this two-volume work … take a refreshingly practical approach to organizing its material … valuable expansion on the available reference literature on gender issues and men as participants in gender dynamics. This work is most suitable for the reference collections of large public, college, and university libraries."

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American Reference Books Annual

"Offer[s] substantial articles on a wide range of relevant topics, individuals, creative works and characters, theories, and events that over centuries have shaped the notion of American masculinity and its implications for men and women … Long—perhaps too long—in coming, [this] informative encyclopedia demonstrate[s] the maturity of the men's movement and the interdisciplinary breadth of men's studies since these began to emerge three decades ago. [It] will provide information, help clarify the issues in play, and raise the consciousness of many not yet aware of the vitality of this small movement and its related academic discipline … [We] advise that reference collections in academic and large public libraries make [this] available to their users.'

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Booklist

"Kimmel and Aronson have compiled a comprehensive and authoritative encyclopedia that will find a niche in male studies. No previous encyclopedia has specifically addressed the study of men and masculinities … Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and higher."

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Choice

"Recommended for reference collections in academic and public libraries."

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Reference & User Services Quarterly

"… a work involving editors and many contributors with distinguished research and publishing records in the field of gender studies … Readers interested in learning more about current research trends and theoretical perspectives in an important new field of gender studies will unquestionably benefit from browsing through Men and Masculinities."

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Gr 9 Up-With overlapping but not identical focuses, these encyclopedias include a well-organized range of articles. Both address what it means to be masculine, as opposed to male in gender. With more than 400 articles, Men and Masculinities has a much broader overview. It includes articles about such international figures as Michelangelo, Sigmund Freud, Fran ois Truffaut, and even Leni Riefenstahl in her exploration of the "superman" and the "cult of the male body." This volume also provides access to many concepts and their variations, offering for example "Contemporary Bodybuilding," "History of Bodybuilding," "Physical Culture," and "Adonis Complex." However, American, by virtue of its focus, provides articles on subjects not emphasized in Men, such as the one that looks at the New Deal's reinforcement of traditional gender roles. As the existence of an article on "Jocks" indicates, Men is arguably hipper than its counterpart with more entries on contemporary figures. American, on the other hand, seems to pay more attention to religious or spiritual aspects of various masculinities. Both encyclopedias include cross-references, bibliographies at the end of articles, and expansive indexes. The black-and-white photographs are incidental rather than essential. All large collections are likely to want both resources. Where only one can be afforded, Men wins by a nose.-Coop Renner, Fairmeadows Elementary, Duncanville, TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576077740
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/11/2003
  • Pages: 892
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 2.30 (d)

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