The Handbook of Studies on Men and Masculinities is an interdisciplinary and international culmination of the growth of men's studies that also offers insight about future directions for the field. The Handbook provides a broad view of masculinities primarily across the social sciences, with the inclusion of important debates in some areas of the humanities and natural sciences. The various approaches presented in this Handbook range across different disciplines, theoretical perspectives, methodologies, and conceptualizations in relation to the topic of men. Editors Michael S. Kimmel, Jeff Hearn, and Robert W. Connell have assembled an esteemed group of contributors who are among the best-known experts in their particular fields.
Chapter 14: Boys and Men in Families: The Domestic Production of Gender, Power, and Privilege
Boys and Men in Families: The Domestic Production of Gender, Power, and Privilege
The title of this chapter suggests a troubling contradiction: Whereas boys and men “come from” or “have” families, they often experience profound difficulties being “in” them, insofar as they typically seem incapable of offering the emotional intimacy or providing the personal care that have become the hallmarks of modern family life. Popular culture tends to assume that families need fathers and that men and boys need families, but when we look closely at ideals about expressing boyhood or achieving manhood, it is clear that notions of masculinity have much less to do with everyday life in domestic settings than ...