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This book explores the relationship between masculinity and violence within the context of cultural change and escalating violence. This unique analysis links the growing sociological and psychological literature on masculinity with contemporary criminological research. The author focuses on: A critical examination of the major biological, psychological, sociological, and anthropological models of masculinity and violence; Formulating an integrated theoretical approach to the relationship between violence and masculinity; Violence as a gendered activity; Representations of violence and masculinity in popular culture including cartoons, fiction, television and film. Masculine identity is not viewed as rigid, but as flexible and changeable. This position enables the author to take a completely fresh look at relations between power, privilege, and gender.

Bodily Harm: Violence and the Cultural Imagination
Bodily harm: Violence and the cultural imagination

My power. So powerful. And the guns and these magazines filled with bullets, I could go bang, bang, bang.

—Martin Bryant, convicted mass murderer

Before, with his long, unruly blond locks, he had an individuality, an image…. But with the crew cut … he had become just another man. He could have been anybody on the street. A neighbor. A work colleague. He had become Everyman.

—Matt Condon, journalist, describing Martin Bryant at his trial

On the 28th April, 1996, Martin Bryant rose early and packed a sports bag full of weapons—three military style, semi-automatic firearms, including an Armalite ARIS.223 calibre rifle, large quantities of ammunition, handcuffs, a hunting knife, and rope. He drove to a ...

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