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Recreating Men
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Recreating Men
Postmodern Masculinity Politics

First Edition

March 2000 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
One of the most central issues for women's prospects for equality is whether man can and will change. Changing the social relations of gender will involve changing menÆs subjectives as well as their daily practices. This book asks whether this is possible. Bob Pease examines how men, who are supportive of feminism, are responding to the feminist challenge, through an exploration of their experiences and dilemmas in trying to live out their feminist commitment and resist hegemonic forms of masculinity. The book is driven by practical as well as theoretical concerns, and aims to develop strategies that will promote the process of change towards equality in gender relations. Drawing on a critical postmodern theoretical framework, Pease argues that it is possible for men to reposition themselves in patriarchal discourses and to reformulate their interests in challenging gender domination. Recreating Men will be invaluable reading for academics and students of gender studies, and of interest to students of sociology, psychology and political sociology

 
Introduction
Men, Masculinities and Feminism

 
 
PART ONE: THEORIZING MEN AND PATRIARCHY
 
The `Man Question' in Feminism and the New Men's Studies
 
Postmodern Feminism and the Critical Study of Men
 
PART TWO: RECREATING MASCULINE SUBJECTIVITIES
 
Constructing Profeminist Subjectivities
 
Recreating Sonhood
 
Recreating Heterosexualities
 
PART THREE: TRANSFORMING MASCULINITY POLITICS
 
Men's Movement Politics
 
Alliance Politics
 
The Politics of Men's Interests
 
Conclusion
Postmodern Masculinity Politics

 

`Unlike many books by men on men, and most books by men on postmodernity, this is very well informed about and grounded in feminist work, and insistently pro-feminist in its approach to politics and change. It also deserves to be read whether or not you thought you were interested in either men or postmodernity. It really is about time the vast majority of men in the social sciences noticed the implicit gendering of their work and their politics, and this is a good book to help start that process' - Jeff Hearn, University of Manchester, and author of The Violences of Men

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