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Michele Adams & Scott Coltrane

In: Handbook of Studies on Men & Masculinities

Chapter 14: Boys and Men in Families: The Domestic Production of Gender, Power, and Privilege

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Boys and Men in Families: The Domestic Production of Gender, Power, and Privilege
Boys and men in families: The domestic production of gender, power, and privilege
MicheleAdams, ScottColtrane

The title of this chapter suggests a troubling contradiction: Whereas boys and men “come from” or “have” families, they often experience profound difficulties being “in” them, insofar as they typically seem incapable of offering the emotional intimacy or providing the personal care that have become the hallmarks of modern family life. Popular culture tends to assume that families need fathers and that men and boys need families, but when we look closely at ideals about expressing boyhood or achieving manhood, it is clear that notions of masculinity have much less to do with everyday life in domestic settings than ...

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