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White Guys: Studies in Postmodern Domination and Difference

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What do men—white straight men in particular—want? In a series of witty and provocative investigations of American popular culture, Fred Pfeil exposes the contradictions in the construction of white heterosexual masculinity over the last fifteen years. White Guys probes such topics as the rock‘n’roll bodies of Bruce Springsteen, Axl Rose, and the late Kurt Cobain; the “mal ...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published June 17th 1995 by Verso
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Steven
Read this previously but never posted a review. Picked this up originally because of a chapter - "Soft-Boiled Dicks" - about 1980s PI novels and how they differ from PI books of the 1930-40s. The first chapter, though, is an interesting analysis of the first two movies in the Lethal Weapon and Die Hard series' that came out in 1987-1990. Also has a related analysis of the 1993 movie with Michael Douglas Falling Down. Skipped the rest of the book on this reading. Heavy-duty post-structuralist lin ...more
Tristan Bridges
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Pfeil's analysis of transformations in white masculinities in the media is really incredible. He charts everything from movies, to music, to advertising icons and more to discuss the various ways that white masculinities are adapting to new cultural climates--climates that have (thankfully) grown increasingly aware of, and sometimes hostile to, older configurations of white masculinity. His findings are really eerily similar to the ways that social theorists have discussed changes in dominant, c ...more
Malcolm
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really like Fred Pfeil's work, in that he provides us with a socially savvy, politically aware, class and gender derived analysis of popular culture that accentuates ways and means of masculinity and of masculine power. In this collection he explors a range of films, detective fiction, and the anti-feminsit mythopoetic men's movemnt that seemed so powerful in the 1990s. Highly recommended. ...more
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