The New Politics of Masculinity, Men, Power, and Resistance

Citation:

Ashe, Fidelma. 2007. The New Politics of Masculinity, Men, Power, and Resistance. New York: Routledge. 

Author: Fidelma Ashe

Abstract:

The field of masculinities research continues to expand, and has become increasingly complex. Much of the contemporary analysis of men, masculinity and power has been influenced by the work of a number of pro-feminist writers who have been leading figures in developing new political interventions around men’s identities and power. These men have been at the forefront of interrogations of the concept of masculinities and have attempted to develop new forms of radical gender-conscious politics for men who seek to extend gender justice. The New Politics of Masculinity engages critically with the theoretical frameworks which leading pro-feminist writers have developed in the field of studies of masculinities and men’s power. Drawing on new social movement and contemporary social theory, the book examines the different models of politics that such writers have evolved for men who want to challenge dominant forms of masculinities and inequitable gender relationships. It also assesses the broader effects – on the field of men and masculinities research – of these writers’ diverse theorisations of key political concepts such as masculinity, subjectivity, power and resistance. Overall, The New Politics of Masculinity outlines the central theoretical issues for scholars and students working in the area of critical studies of masculinities, and evaluates the effects of men’s gender-conscious politics on feminist scholarship and research.

Topics: Feminisms, Gender, Masculinity/ies, Gendered Power Relations, Violence

Year: 2007

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