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 6: Theorizing Unities and Differences between Men and between Masculinities
Theorizing Unities and Differences between Men and between Masculinities
In sociology, as in most of the social sciences, “men” and “masculinity” are usually implicit but central/centered: They are at the center of discourses. Similarly, in much, though significantly not all, everyday social life “men” and “masculinity” are the One to the (many) Other(s). In contrast “women” have often been the object of discourses and/or at the margins of discourses objectified in relation to some supposedly neutral center of men. “Men” and “masculinity” are constantly known, referred to, implicated, assumed as the subject of discourse.
Indeed references to “masculinity” (singular) usually affirm this unitary voice of discourse. “Men” are talked of and about by “men,” as well as ...