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Boyhoods: Rethinking Masculinities

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Familiar and expected gender patterns help us to understand boys but often constrict our understanding of any given boy. Writing in a wonderfully robust and engaging voice, Ken Corbett argues for a new psychology of masculinity, one that is not strictly dependent on normative expectation. As he writes in his introduction, “no two boys, no two boyhoods are the same.” In Boy ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 22nd 2009 by Yale University Press (first published 2009)
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Manuel
Nov 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
I was particularly captivated by Corbett's deep and yet easy-to-follow analyses of particular patients. The book does an excellent job at providing with a language with which to start thinking again about masculinities and boyhoods, even our own. Perhaps it lacks in systematically laying out the core concepts/ideas/critiques being put forth. Overall, definitely worth it for people interested in masculinity, queer theory, psychoanalysis.
Ender
Sep 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
I guess this book was fine, but it read like a research paper, and didn't have a lot of practical application. It was a lot of Freudian musings and comparisons, which aren't without value, but were definitely without attraction.

I think this guy is probably a much better psychologist than he is a persuasive speaker. His thoughts were intelligent, but too generic and contrived, without much meat and too much stew.

I would only recommend this book to the most serious child psychologists.
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5 stars for the topic and content, 3 stars for the presentation, simply because it was a little too clinical for my tastes. But hey, if that's your scene...!
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Ken Corbett is Clinical Assistant Professor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He maintains a private practice in New York City and consults internationally. His writings and interviews about gender, sexuality, art, and psychotherapy appear in academic journals as well as in magazines, newspapers, websites, and on television. He is the author of th ...more