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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.

Gender Theatrics: Marking the Difference
Gender theatrics: Marking the difference

A blank sheet of paper. On it a man draws the outline of a male figure. He fills in the outline. He has created a positive form. The space that surrounds this positive form, this male's male, is negative space. This is the space inhabited by women. This is the female defined. This man takes another sheet of paper, draws the outline of a female figure, and fills it in. This space that surrounds this positive form, this male's female, is also negative space. This space is also inhabited by women. This space is the female undefined. A woman takes a blank sheet of paper and unsuccessfully attempts to draw the outline of a female figure….

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