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Author: R. W. Connell
ISBN13: 978-0520228689
Title: The Men and the Boys
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Language: English
Category: Social Sciences
Publisher: University of California Press (February 5, 2001)
Pages: 200

The Men and the Boys by R. W. Connell

Questions about men and boys have aroused remarkable media attention and public interest in recent years. Bob Connell is arguably the most influential male social scientist writing about masculinities today. And this colection of essays shows him in top form. This is a truly important book. - Michael Kimmel, author of Manhood in America and The Gendered Society.

Questions about men and boys have aroused remarkable media attention and public interest in recent years.

Bob Connell is the most fertile, astute and influential analyst of the myriad and messy meanings of masculinities on the planet. The Men and the Boys boldly extends the scope, depth and power of the foundational work he laid in Masculinities to address the most urgent and difficult questions about global gender and injustice of our time. Dare I label it a heroic work?"-Judith Stacey, author of Brave New Families. This book breaks new ground and expands the discourse on masculinities. Connell is an energetic scholar whose eclectic internationalist, sociological, historical, and even psychoanalytic perspectives are important to hear. Probably no other scholar writing on masculinity has such a broad grasp. -Tim Beneke, author of "Proving Manhood. Connell has provided a much needed nudge to current scholarship on masculinities by showing the way toward larger global theorization.

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Raewyn Connell, usually cited as R. W. Connell (born Robert, 3 January 1944), is an Australian sociologist. She gained prominence as an intellectual of the Australian New Left. She was appointed University Professor at the University of Sydney in 2004, and retired from her University Chair on July, 2014. She has been Professor Emerita at the University of Sydney since her retirement. She is known for the concept of hegemonic masculinity and her book, Southern Theory.

This book breaks new ground and expands the discourse on masculinities. -Tim Beneke, author of Proving Manhood. Bob Connell is the most fertile, astute and influential analyst of the myriad and messy meanings of masculinities on the planet.

Interviewing boys, teachers and parents, we could see active hierarchies of masculinity in school settings. The term ‘hegemonic masculinity’ was first used in a 1982 report from this project, and my first essay on men and masculinities was published in the same year. I managed to get funding for a study of social theories of gender. I had been reluctant to write such a book, as I thought the genre of ‘Books About Men’ – astonishingly popular in the early 1990s – fostered the illusion of one fixed natural masculinity. When I did start writing, the draft was promptly rejected by a well-known US publisher. Other publishers kindly launched the book in 1995, and it seemed to meet a need. Teachers College Record, vol. 98 no. 2, 206-235.

Thursday, July 7, 2011. Connell – "Masculinities": Science of masculinity - summary. In chapter one of her book Masculinities titled "science of masculinity" . Connell notes that one of the interesting products of the gay liberation movement and the discussion of homophobia was the blurring of the distinction between the men/women polarization and the homosexual/straight polarization. In this respect it is interesting to see the onward attacks on gender conventions, such as drag, which formed the queer style.

Questions about men and boys have aroused remarkable media attention and public interest in recent years. But what have we learned about masculinity, and where is our thinking on the subject headed? In this important book, R. W. Connell continues her pioneering work by taking the next step in understanding the dynamics of contemporary masculinity: incorporating the international dimension. The first sustained discussion of masculinity and globalization, The Men and the Boys links cutting-edge theory with fascinating case studies to point us toward change—in scholarship and public policy as well as in the lives of individual men. This powerful book looks at a range of intriguing and controversial subjects, including the question of sex between men, men's bodies and health, education, the prevention of violence, and much more. It includes the voices of many men, both straight and gay, in a series of vivid life histories that include a compelling account of "iron man" Steve Donoghue and many others who describe coming to terms with their sexuality, their childhoods, and their experiences at school and work. As she reveals the price men and boys across cultures pay for patriarchy, Connell makes a persuasive case for men to change their conduct in order to create a more cooperative and peaceful world.
Reviews: 5
This book was a required reading for a class on masculinities in my undergrad. As with anything written by R.W. Connell, it is easy to read, understand, and relate to. I probably would have read it even if it hadn't been required. I've even loaned it out to friends who were interested in the subject. If you're interested in sex & gender theory or in masculinity/ies, I would recommend this book as well as others by R.W. Connell.
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I have used this book in an upper level communication and gender studies class for several years. It works, even though students often complain that its writing is too dry. They DO learn from it. They learn that masculinities are created, and shows how schools and peers and parents are involved in the processes. They also easily see how different the various masculinities can be, at once underlining several of the lessons we help young people learn. Such insights as aided by Connell's book help students see they have ability to resist social pressures to adopt negative features of some masculinities and to create for their own lives healthy and positive ways of being masculine. Anita Taylor, Prof. Emerita, George Mason University
One of the hottest topics in gender studies today is the study of masculinity and R.W. Connell provides a thorough investigation with "The Men and the Boys". Feminist explorations of gender in recent decades not only focused on women's concerns and life circumstances but also challenged assumptions about how social structures are constructed by gender. Occuring from these gender explorations is increasing interest in men and the social construction of masculinities. To only conceptualize gender in feminine interests neglects to understand how boys and men are socialized to be masculine which is important to our overall knowledge of how gender operates in society.
In "The Men and the Boys" R.W. Connell conceptualizes how masculinities are socially constructed and how they are fluid within historical, cultural, and social constructs. Masculinities exist outside the individual and are defined collectively in culture and are sustained in social institutions. They came into existence during social interaction and are a product of active construction. There is not one masculinity but rather multiple masculinities which can be diverse within the same social setting. Masculinities are hierarchical with some being more dominant while others are subordinated or marginalized, such as homosexual masculinities. The most honored and desired, although not necessarily the most common, is hegemonic masculinity. Hegemonic masculinity pertains to the image of the professional sports player or rock star that many men aim to be a reflection.
R.W. Connell is a pioneer in the study of masculinity, and this book provides a thorough examination of the social construction of masculinity along with social policy recommendations to help alleviate the negative reprecussions of hegemonic masculinity. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in this fascinating new subject area.
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