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 11: Gender Displays and Men's Power: The “New Man” and the Mexican Immigrant Man
Gender Displays and Men's Power: The “New Man” and the Mexican Immigrant Man
In our discussions about masculinity with our students (most of whom are white and upper-middle class), talk invariably turns to critical descriptions of the “macho” behavior of “traditional men.” Consistently, these men are portrayed as “out there,” not in the classroom with us. Although it usually remains an unspoken subtext, at times a student will actually speak it: Those men who are still stuck in “traditional, sexist, and macho” styles of masculinity are black men, Latino men, immigrant men, and working-class men. They are not us; we are the New Men, the Modern, Educated, and Enlightened Men. The belief ...