Drawing together the broad range of theoretical issues posed in the new study of masculinity, contributors from diverse backgrounds address in this volume the different disciplinary roots of theories of masculinity - sociology, psychoanalysis, ethnography, and inequality studies. Subsequent chapters theoretically model many issues central to the study of men - power, ethnicity, feminism, homophobia - or develop theoretical explanations of some of the institutions most closely identified with men including the military and the men's movement.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Each of us has previously written or edited two books on men and masculinities: Harry Brod's edited volumes The Making of Masculinities: The New Men's Studies (1987) and A Mensch Among Men: Explorations in Jewish Masculinity (1988) and Michael Kaufman's edited volume Beyond Patriarchy: Essays by Men on Pleasure, Power, and Change (1987) and his book Cracking the Armour: Power, Pain, and the Lives of Men (1993). But neither of us has coedited a book before. That we feel the need to do so now is certainly testimony to the growth of the field and the growing difficulty of one person being capable of encompassing within one's purview the wide range of topics needing to be addressed. Perhaps it is also indicative of the ...