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.

Some Thoughts on Some Histories of Some Masculinities: Jews and other others1

Some thoughts on some histories of some masculinities: Jews and other others

What is one studying when one studies men and masculinities? What are the relationships between studies of men and studies of women? What are the relationships between studies of some men and studies of others—in particular, what are the relationships between studies of dominant or hegemonic groups of men and studies of marginalized or nonhegemonic groups of men? In this chapter, I shall take up these questions. I shall do so by first undertaking a critical analysis of the development of current conceptualizations of these issues, taking as the guiding thread of my investigations the genesis of the concept “masculinities” in its ...

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