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 12: Postmodernism and the Interrogation of Masculinity
Postmodernism and the Interrogation of Masculinity
The form is fluid, but the meaning even more so.
Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals, Second Essay, Section 12
Shifting Subjects, Indeterminate Identities, Ascribing Agency
Over the last hundred years, the Enlightenment concept of the transcendent subject (existing before and beyond the social realm) has been critiqued by theorists who maintain that subjects are culturally constituted. This shift has roots in Nietzsche's (1967) pronouncement in On the Genealogy of Morals that “there is no ‘being’ behind doing, effecting, becoming; ‘the doer’ is merely a fiction added to the deed—the deed is everything” (p. 45). This “deed” that constitutes individuals is often seen as social forces—from one's relation to the mode of production (in the Marxist ...