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Masculinities, Violence and Culture

Masculinities, Violence and Culture

May 2000 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

This exciting and unique new book offers a post-modern analysis linking the contemporary social crisis of masculine subjectivity and the law and order crisis over escalating violence. In doing so it examines the major biological, psychological, sociological, and anthropological theoretical models of masculinity and violence, and formulates an integrated theoretical approach to the relationship between violence and masculinity. In essence, the book focuses on violence as a gendered activity - specifically a masculine activity.

Early chapters define and theorize both violence and masculinity, and subsequent chapters focus on representations of violence and masculinity in popular culture. Familiar but insightful examples from cartoons, fiction, television, and the movies are used to illustrate the construction of masculinity in popular culture as well as the range of images of violence that dominate our senses.

Drawing from diverse literatures and traditions, this engaging book is directed to advanced undergraduate and graduate students as well as professionals in Criminology, Legal Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Gender Studies, and Cultural Studies. Because of its theoretical aspects, it will be of interest to students and scholars in the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada, as well as in the United States.

Engendering Violence
Starting Points

Bodily Harm
Violence and the Cultural Imaginary

Of Excess, Lack and Displacement
Reel Violence

Gender Theatrics
Marking the Difference

Boys on Film
Masculinities and the Cinema

Traumatic Crossings

This book is rare to find. It is in a class of its own. The writer is clear on the theoretical perspectives that inform the relationship between masculinity and violence. This book, though written in a western context, is relevant to everyone who wants a clear perspective on this issue. I recommend this book for everyone who needs a fresh perspective in this area

Dr Tirelo Modie
Accounting , University of Botswana
November 22, 2015

Recommended for inter-disciplinary studies and students aiming at a more intersectional approach to ethics in a range of disciplines from business to development. Critically understanding the role gender norms play in culture is crucial towards change. Crucially, this book better enables to us to investigate the role of men.

Dr Diepiriye Kuku-Siemons
School of Social Sciences, Northampton University
June 29, 2015

Suzanne Hatty's text is highly recommended to anyone interested in a discourse about violence that goes beyond cliches, superficialities and stereotypes.

Mr Armin Luthi
Health and Social care sciences, Saint Georges
November 25, 2011

A well written book exploring masculinity and violence. The author has linked sociological and psychological research on the subject to criminology models of violence.

Miss Frances Jackson
Public Services, Peterborough Regional College
October 25, 2011

I have used this book with students writing their dissertations. The feedback has been very positive, and raising very interesting debates. I would recommend it for any students studying social work.

Dr Bridget Ng'andu
Social Work, Ruskin College Oxford
August 23, 2011

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