Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - Representing Men by Kenneth MacKinnon

Until quite recently, the term 'gender studies' seemed to promise a species of women's studies. The danger in this is that masculinity could appear to be a lot less rewarding as an object of inquiry, as if it were somehow purely a product of nature or biology - almost as though, while women to some extent learned gender through social experience, men were simply the way they were, unalterable. Representing Men takes its cue from the greater visibility of men's studies in the 1990s. It interests itself in the way that mass media do not so much 'reflect' masculinity in society as 'teach' it, by creating or reinforcing its images. The ideas of many books and articles of particularly the last two decades are synthesised to show the range of masculinities. While these publications normally deal with one specific medium apiece, the present study considers four distinct, if related, media: namely, movies, television, advertising and sports coverage (especially on television and in newspapers). In this study, Kenneth MacKinnon suggests that ultimately masculinity is no straightforward actuality. Instead, several aspects of masculinity are ideals rather than social realities. These ideals might be best understood as forming a near-impossible version of masculinity to which males in society are encouraged to aspire if they want to be 'real men'. Because the ideals are embodied in movie, television and sports stars and the men of advertisements, they can seem so real. Representing Men aims to alert its readers to the processes as well as purpose of such media representations.

Buy Representing Men by Kenneth MacKinnon from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780340808337
ISBN-10: 0340808330
Format: Paperback
(232mm x 155mm x 8mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Hodder Arnold
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 27-Jun-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions - Representing Men by Kenneth MacKinnon

Book Reviews - Representing Men by Kenneth MacKinnon

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Representing Men book by Kenneth MacKinnon and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


Author Biography - Kenneth MacKinnon

Kenneth MacKinnon is Emeritus Professor of Film Studies at London Metropolitan University.

Books By Kenneth MacKinnon

Greek Tragedy into Film by Kenneth MacKinnon
Paperback, January 2016
$62.99