Young Men and Masculinities
Global Cultures and Intimate Lives
By (author) Victor J. Seidler
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Young Men and Masculinities by Victor J. Seidler
Book DescriptionIn this book Victor J Seidler, one of the leading contributors to the growing debate about masculinities, turns his attention to the lives of young men and their understandings of themselves as gendered beings. By contextualizing their experiences and subjectivities within a rapidly globalizing world, Seidler pays particular attention to the impact of the global media. How does the mass circulation of images of men's bodies, desires and sexualities affect their self-perception and behaviours, and how are these images framed within particular histories, cultures and traditions? Questioning universalist theories of 'hegemonic masculinities', the book argues that young men often feel caught between prevailing masculinities and their own struggle for self-definition. It explores both how the idea of men as 'the First Sex' has been established within the West and the ways in which men in other cultures and societies affirm their gendered identities. Seidler pioneers new methodologies that involve listening to the silences surrounding male experience as well as to oral testimonies. This enables innovative analysis of the contradictions young men are faced with in both creating their own gendered identities and establishing more equal relationships within a world of intense inequalities.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781842778074
(216mm x 135mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Zed Books Ltd
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Publish Date: 15-Jul-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Victor J. Seidler
Transforming Masculinities, Hardback (October 2005)
Critically exploring the theories of men and masculinities, this multidisciplinary text highlights diversity, and points to new directions.
Man Enough, Paperback (September 1997)
This reply to Robert Bly's work "Iron John", offers a critical discussion of contemporary ideas of masculinity. The text moves away from the rationalist paradigm of masculinity, and demonstrates that a focus on men's somatic and emotional lives is a means of "embodying" knowledge.
Unreasonable Men, Paperback (December 1993)
Seidler argues that the identification of masculinity with reason has played a central role in Western social theory and philosophy. Reason is defined in opposition to nature, and mind set against body, as men have learnt to take their reason for granted.
Men, Sex and Relationships, Paperback (June 1992)» View all books by Victor J. Seidler
Drawn from contributions to the magazine Achilles Heel this book provides the reader with helpful and illuminating material on men's relationships with others.
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Author Biography - Victor J. Seidler
Victor Jeleniewski Seidler is Professor of Social Theory in the Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London.
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