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Taking Care of Men

Taking Care of Men
Sexual Politics in the Public Mind

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  • Date Published: October 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521588201

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  • The idea of the sensitive, post-feminist 'new man' has received great attention. This book sets out to determine how much of the hype is based on fact, and why such images have proliferated in the media. McMahon focuses on the pivotal issue of men's relationship to the vital daily work of caring for people - both physically and emotionally - revealing much confusion about the extent and the interpretation of change. Using statistical data, as well as interview transcripts and media analysis, McMahon draws insightful distinctions between pleasure and performance, assistance and responsibility, gendered personality and gendered jobs, and - underlying all - between consumption and production. Incorporating social theory, psychology and popular culture, this book argues that recent social conversation about men largely avoids the important political point that men's material interests provide a major motivation for resistance to pro-equity change.

    • Covers wide range of current thinking about men - from social theory to pop-psychology and popular culture
    • Challenges conventional wisdom on gender relations in the home
    • Political-materialist perspective on male resistance to change
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    'An invaluable resource for anyone teaching or studying sexual politics, as well as a fascinating and enjoyable read.' Sociology

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    • Date Published: October 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521588201
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.355kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Changing Men?
    Part I. The Interests of Men:
    2. Having a wife: the division of labour and male right
    3. Producing men: the labour of love
    Part II. The Revolving Door:
    4. Stalled rhetoric: the optimistic will
    5. It's on the agenda: optimism about images
    6. The new father: the masculine new man
    Part III. The Blocked Door:
    7. Blocked door theory: misrecognising resistance
    8. The separated, defensive male: psychologizing sexual politics
    9. Conclusion: looking after men.

  • Author

    Anthony McMahon, Monash University, Victoria

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