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.
On the one side, … there is the erosion of the boundaries between body and world, body and image, body and machine. On the other, there is its direct pathologization: trauma as the collapse of the distinction between inner and outer, observer and scene, representation and perception, as the failure of the subject's proper distance with respect to representation …, a collapse of proper boundary maintenance—the opening and wounding of bodies and persons.
To many, it seems as if the boundaries that frame the conceptual categories underpinning Western society are now dissolving. We might think here of the manifold anxieties about place and identity that have generated debates about the disappearance of the boundaries around nation, community, the public and private spheres, ...