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Men's Lives

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This best-selling reader on men and masculinity, edited by two of the most prominent researchers on men, contains the most current articles on masculinity available. Organized around themes that define masculinity, this reader takes the position that men (as well as women) are "gendered" and that this gendering process is a central experience for men. The authors explo ...more
Paperback, Sixth Edition, 608 pages
Published July 11th 2003 by Allyn & Bacon (first published January 1st 1989)
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Erica Tuggle
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
You know you've crossed the line into some kind of new nerd-dom when you read textbooks for fun. And yet, that is what the reading of Men's Lives was for me. I enjoy reading feminist perspectives, and picked up the textbook to see how one would explain how men become men. It was an educational and thought-provoking journey as I jumped from articles on what "macho" means to men to how men with disabilities still maintain their idea of masculinity. Most of the articles are written with feminist id ...more
May 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: oh hell yes, ALL Y'ALL! (especially you XYs!)
Recommended to Meen by: Nicole Carr (then Flynn)
It is absolutely imperative that men begin to examine their own gender programming, especially the insidiousness of hegemonic masculinity, if we are ever really to evolve as a species. (And I mean "evolve" in the non-scientific, value-laden sense of positive "progression.") And now that we are capable of destroying our entire species (and all the others on the planet), we MUST find a new way of relating to one another. I believe feminism teaches us that way.
Focusing on a variety of issues relating to masculinity and constructions of manhood within various socio-cultural contexts, the book is an important addition to the field of gender studies from the perspective of the masculine, written through both feminist and masculinist approaches, as well as statistical and empirical data.
Karen Blanchette
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sociology-gender
A great collection of articles about the Sociology of Masculinity. Top Notch!
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Michael Scott Kimmel is an American sociologist, specializing in gender studies. He is among the leading researchers and writers on men and masculinity in the world today. The author or editor of more than twenty volumes, his books include The Politics of Manhood, and The History of Men (2005).

His documentary history, "Against the Tide: Pro-Feminist Men in the United States, 1776-1990" (Beacon, 19
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