Dislocating Masculinity: Comparative Ethnographies

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Andrea Cornwall, Nancy Lindisfarne
Routledge, 1994 - Literary Criticism - 236 pages
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Much recent writing on and by men suggests that male prerogatives are being sustained and lent authority by the new discipline of men's studies. Dislocating Masculinity brings together a critical set of papers on men and masculinities which raise important new questions for gender studies - in settings which range from imperial India to rural Zimbabwe to the gay community in London. Hegemonic masculinity is deconstructed to reveal the complexities of gendered difference, and the familiar oppositions of male/female and masculinity/feminity are analyzed - including the assumption that a man is a man everywhere, and means the same thing everywhere. Lindsfarne has also published Battered Brides: Politics, Gender and Marriage in an Afghan Tribal Society (CUP, 1991).

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Andrea Cornwall is a Professor in the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, UK. Her main work is in the anthropology of participation and democracy, masculinities, women's empowerment and women's rights, and sexualities.

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