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 2: Psychoanalysis on Masculinity
Psychoanalysis on Masculinity
Psychoanalysis has a paradoxical position in discussions of masculinity. The Freudian movement made the first serious attempt at scientific research on masculinity and explanation of its major patterns. Yet its findings have been largely neglected in the current revival of social-scientific interest in masculinity. As all who have read Freud's texts know, psychoanalysis was the product of an incisive intelligence and a profound commitment to science. Yet psychoanalysis gave birth to the confused irrationalism that now shoulders aside all claims of science in popular discussions of the “deep masculine.”
Psychoanalysis on the one hand has enriched almost every current of radical thought in the 20th century, from Marxism, surrealism, and existentialism to anticolonialism, feminism, and gay liberation. On the other hand, ...