Boyhoods: Rethinking Masculinities

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Yale University Press, Sep 22, 2009 - Psychology - 224 pages
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Familiar and expected gender patterns help us to understand boys but often constrict our understanding of any given boy. Writing in a wonderfully robust and engaging voice, Ken Corbett argues for a new psychology of masculinity, one that is not strictly dependent on normative expectation. As he writes in his introduction, “no two boys, no two boyhoods are the same.” In Boy Hoods Corbett seeks to release boys from the grip of expectation as Mary Pipher did for girls in Reviving Ophelia.

Corbett grounds his understanding of masculinity in his clinical practice and in a dynamic reading of feminist and queer theories. New social ideals are being articulated. New possibilities for recognition are in play. How is a boy made between the body, the family, and the culture? Does a boy grow by identifying with his father, or by separating from his mother? Can we continue to presume that masculinity is made at home? Corbett uses case studies to defy stereotypes, depicting masculinity as various and complex. He examines the roles that parental and cultural anxiety play in development, and he argues for a more nuanced approach to cross-gendered fantasy and experience, one that does not mistake social consensus for well-being. Corbett challenges us at last to a fresh consideration of gender, with profound implications for understanding all boys.

 

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Contents

Boys Masculinity and the Family
17
Boys Masculinity and Genders Divide
85
Feminine Boys and
120
Phallic Narcissism
173
Recognition Relation
208
Notes
235
References
249
Index
265
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Jim Pugmire was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, where his imagination grew up among the evergreen trees and clear mountain lakes. Though his employment planted him firmly in the world of statistics and semiconductors, he never really lost his interest in exploring new places in his mind. Over the course of two decades, imagination progressed into a hobby, which in turn became his Quinn Hawk series of books. He now lives in Utah with his wife and five children.

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