What It Means to Be a Man: Reflections on Puerto Rican Masculinity / Edition 1

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Rafael L. Ramirez is a retired professor of anthropology and senior researcher at the HIV/AIDS Research and Education Center of the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras.
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First published in Spanish in 1993, Ramrezs exploration of power and masculinity among Puerto Rican men focuses on four major points: deconstruction of the term machismo; analysis of the meanings of masculinity; exploration of what it means to be a Puerto Rican male; and el ambiente, or the homosexual community in Puerto Rico. Each of the four issues is treated in a single chapter, and a final chapter deals with the construction of a new masculinity. Ramrez (anthropology, Univ. of Puerto Rico) concludes that the process of change is a challenge that prior researchers have not solved, but he fails to propose his own solution. Based on current research in Puerto Rico and the United States, his findings are important given the large Puerto Rican community in this country. Although Ramrezs work treats a narrow topic, his book is a significant contribution to ethnic sociology. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries.Boyd Childress, Auburn Univ. Lib., AL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813526614
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Note
Introduction 1
1 Machismo 7
2 The Construction of Masculinity 25
3 We the Boricuas 43
4 The Homosexual Question 79
5 Toward a New Masculinity 107
Notes 115
Bibliography 125
Index 135
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