New Psychology of Men / Edition 1

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Overview


Inspired by feminist scholars who revolutionized our understanding of women's gender roles, the contributors to this pioneering book describe how men's proscribed roles are neither biological nor social givens, but rather psychological and social constructions. Questioning the traditional norms of the male role (such as the emphasis on aggression, competition, status, and emotional stoicism), they show how some male problems (such as violence, homophobia, devaluation of women, detached fathering, and neglect of health needs) are unfortunate by-products of the current process by which males are socialized. By synthesizing the latest research, clinical experience, and major theoretical perspectives on men and by figuring in cultural, class, and sexual orientation differences, the authors brilliantly illuminate the many variations of male behavior. This book will be a valuable resource not just for students of gender psychology in any discipline but also for clinicians and researchers who need to account for the relationship between men's behavior and the contradictory and inconsistent gender roles imposed on men. This new understanding of men's psychology is sure to enhance the work of clinical professionals-including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, and psychiatric nurses-in helping men reconstruct a sense of masculinity along healthier and more socially just lines.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465039166
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 4/29/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,181,810
  • Product dimensions: 8.92 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author


William Pollack, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, is the codirector of the Center for Men at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School, and a founding member and Fellow of the Society for Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity of the American Psychological Association. He is the author of the best-selling book Real Boys. He and his family live in Newton Centre, Massachusetts.Ronald F. Levant is Dean and Professor at the Center for Psychological Studies at Nova Southeastern University. He lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. William Pollack, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, is the codirector of the Center for Men at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School, and a founding member and Fellow of the Society for Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity of the American Psychological Association. He is the author of the best-selling book Real Boys. He and his family live in Newton Centre, Massachusetts.Ronald F. Levant is Dean and Professor at the Center for Psychological Studies at Nova Southeastern University. He lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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Table of Contents

Co-Editors and Contributing Authors
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The Gender Role Strain Paradigm: An Update 11
Ch. 2 No Man Is an Island: Toward a New Psychoanalytic Psychology of Men 33
Ch. 3 Men's Psychological Development: A Relational Perspective 68
Ch. 4 Male Development and the Transformation of Shame 91
Ch. 5 Masculinity Ideologies: A Review of Research Instrumentation on Men and Masculinities 129
Ch. 6 Fifteen Years of Theory and Research on Men's Gender Role Conflict: New Paradigms for Empirical Research 164
Ch. 7 The Relationship Between Masculine Gender Role Stress and Men's Health Risk: The Validation of a Construct 207
Ch. 8 Toward the Reconstruction of Masculinity 229
Ch. 9 Men in Families: Old Constraints, New Possibilities 252
Ch. 10 Understanding the Dark Side of Masculinity: An Interactive Systems Model 280
Ch. 11 Men of Color: Ethnocultural Variations of Male Gender Role Strain 337
Ch. 12 Roles, Identities, and Sexual Orientation: Homosexuality, Heterosexuality, and Bisexuality 359
Coda: A New Psychology of Men: Where Have We Been? Where Are We Going? 383
Index 388
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