War, Battering, and Other Sports: The Gulf between American Men and Women

War, Battering, and Other Sports: The Gulf between American Men and Women

by James McBride (3)
     
 

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This book explores the relationship between male games and violence against women by examining various theoretical rubrics, including the classic "Authoritarian Personality" model of Theodor Adorno, Nevitt Sanford, et al., Rene Girard’s theory of scapegoating, Georges Bataille’s depiction of male sexuality, and Luce Irigaray’s post-Lacanian

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This book explores the relationship between male games and violence against women by examining various theoretical rubrics, including the classic "Authoritarian Personality" model of Theodor Adorno, Nevitt Sanford, et al., Rene Girard’s theory of scapegoating, Georges Bataille’s depiction of male sexuality, and Luce Irigaray’s post-Lacanian critique of androcentrism. McBride suggests that battering—like such male territorial games as war and its simulation, football—is symptomatic of a masculinist psychic economy predicated on deep-seated anxieties and expressed through hostility toward women. Rejecting the principle voices of the "men’s movement" (e.g., Robert Bly, Sam Keen) as an alternative to the dominant model of masculinity in American culture, the book concludes that only radical changes in child-rearing practices can effect a new male subjectivity, freed from the compulsion to do violence against women.

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Noting that war, football, and battering are all male practices that brutalize "the other," McBride (religion and social ethics, Fordham U.) suggests that the only way to end "the war between the sexes" is to radically change our child-rearing practices to effect a new male subjectivity. McBride also rejects the "men's movement" espoused by Robert Bly and others, citing its frequent articulation of misogynistic views and its isolation of men from women. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573925556
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
06/28/1995
Series:
Society/Religion - Religion/Society Series
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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James McBride teaches religion and social ethics at Fordham University.

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