Changing Men and Masculinities in Latin America

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Matthew C. Gutmann
Duke University Press, Jan 20, 2003 - Social Science - 416 pages
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Ranging from fatherhood to machismo and from public health to housework, Changing Men and Masculinities in Latin America is a collection of pioneering studies of what it means to be a man in Latin America. Matthew C. Gutmann brings together essays by well-known U.S. Latin Americanists and newly translated essays by noted Latin American scholars. Historically grounded and attuned to global political and economic changes, this collection investigates what, if anything, is distinctive about and common to masculinity across Latin America at the same time that it considers the relative benefits and drawbacks of studies focusing on men there. Demonstrating that attention to masculinities does not thwart feminism, the contributors illuminate the changing relationships between men and women and among men of different ethnic groups, sexual orientations, and classes.

The contributors look at Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, and the United States. They bring to bear a number of disciplines—anthropology, history, literature, public health, and sociology—and a variety of methodologies including ethnography, literary criticism, and statistical analysis. Whether analyzing rape legislation in Argentina, the unique space for candid discussions of masculinity created in an Alcoholics Anonymous group in Mexico, the role of shame in shaping Chicana and Chicano identities and gender relations, or homosexuality in Brazil, Changing Men and Masculinities highlights the complex distinctions between normative conceptions of masculinity in Latin America and the actual experiences and thoughts of particular men and women.

Contributors.
Xavier Andrade, Daniel Balderston, Peter Beattie, Stanley Brandes, Héctor Carrillo, Miguel Díaz Barriga, Agustín Escobar, Francisco Ferrándiz, Claudia Fonseca, Norma Fuller, Matthew C. Gutmann, Donna Guy, Florencia Mallon, José Olavarría, Richard Parker, Mara Viveros

 

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Contents

Discarding Manly Dichotomies in Latin America
1
Contemporary Latin American Perspectives on Masculinity
27
Reexamining Gender Relations in a Brazilian WorkingClass Neighborhood
61
Restructuring Gender Inequality and Life Transitions in Urban Mexico
84
Malandros Maria Lionza and Masculinity in a Venezuelan Shantytown
115
The Social Constitution of Gender Identity among Peruvian Males
134
Drink Abstinence and Male Identity in Mexico City
153
The MIR Masculinity and Power in the Chilean Agrarian Reform 196574
179
Verguenza and Changing Chicanoa Narratives
256
Pancho Jaime and the Political Uses of Masculinity in Ecuador
281
Masculinity and Male Homosexuality in Brazil
307
Men at Home? Child Rearing and Housekeeping among Chilean WorkingClass Fathers
333
Masculinity and Emerging Male Homosexual Identities in Mexico
351
Rape and the Politics of Masculine Silence in Argentina
370
Contributors
393
Index
399

On the Footnotes to El beso de la mujer arana
216
Honor Enlisted Army Service and Slaverys Decline in Brazil 185090
233

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Matthew C. Gutmann is Stanley J. Bernstein Assistant Professor of the Social Sciences–International Affairs in the Department of Anthropology at Brown University. He is author of The Meanings of Macho: Being a Man in Mexico City and Mainstreaming Men into Gender and Development: Debates, Reflections, Experiences (with Sylvia Chant).

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