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Global Masculinities and Manhood

Ronald L Jackson

Publication Year: 2011

Bringing together an array of interdisciplinary voices, Global Masculinities and Manhood examines the concept of masculinity from the perspectives of cultures around the world. In the era of globalization, masculinity continues to be studied in a Western-centric context. Contributors to this volume, however, deconstruct the history and politics of masculinities within the contexts of the cultures from which they have been developed, examining what makes a man who he is within his own culture. Highlighting manifestations of masculinity in countries including Jamaica, Turkey, Peru, Kenya, Australia, and China, scholars from a variety of disciplines grapple with the complex politics of identity and the question of how gender is interpreted and practiced through discourse. Topics include how masculinity is affected by war and conflict, defined in relation to race, ethnicity, and sexuality, and expressed in cultural activities such as sports or the cinema._x000B__x000B_Contributors are Bryant Keith Alexander, Molefi K. Asante, Murali Balaji, Maurice Hall, Ronald L. Jackson II, Shino Konishi, Nil Mutluer, Mich Nyawalo, Kathleen Glenister Roberts, Margarita Saona, and Kath Woodward.

Published by: University of Illinois Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. 7-8

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 9-10

None of this is possible without God, who affords the possibility for any work I might accomplish. I give honor to him first. I dedicate this book to my father, Ronald L. Jackson Sr., for his spiritual and intellectual inspiration. ...

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Foreword

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pp. 11-16

Anytime someone says that we are living in a world of tremendous change we can readily say that such is the condition of human life. Yet in terms of intellectual critique, deconstruction, and critical inquiry we are truly undergoing monumental change in the discourse on masculinity. ...

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Introduction: Conceptualizing Current Discourses and Writing New Ones

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pp. 17-30

To the question about what masculinity and manhood really are, we humbly respond that they are cultural constructions. The velocity with which interdisciplinary researchers are willing to dismiss certain cultural masculinities from the ledger of appropriate, sustainable, normal, healthy, and progressive gendered identities is astounding. ...

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1. Negotiating Jamaican Masculinities

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pp. 31-51

Jamaican masculinity is a social construction that has everything to do with the ways in which slavery, colonialism, and now globalization have produced identity performances that are multiple and conflicted. There are several current analyses that examine the history of the construction of masculinity in the Caribbean generally and Jamaica specifically ...

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2. Queer(y)ing Masculinities

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pp. 52-74

Masculinity is performative. Not simply that it is a performance as in a doing; maybe masculinity is performativity; an assessment of the embodied thing done, the iteration and achievement of the expected (Butler, 1990b; Diamond, 1996; Pollock, 2006; Edwards, 2006). ...

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3. Disposable Masculinities in Istanbul

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pp. 75-105

At the peak of the armed conflict between the Turkish army and the PKK (Partiya Karkeren Kurdistan, the Kurdistan Worker’s Party) in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Turkish state forces evacuated some Kurdish villages and hamlets in Southeastern Anatolia and displaced Kurdish inhabitants without offering them any other place to live. ...

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4. Wounded Masculinity and Nationhood in Peru

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pp. 106-123

Looking at the photographs in Yuyanapaq, the photo exhibit created by the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), one is overwhelmed by images of wounded men. There are also a few images of men in power, but that power is mostly derived either from the guns they carry or from a position of privilege ...

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5. Postcolonial Masculinity and Commodity Culture in Kenya

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pp. 124-140

In The Wretched of the Earth, Frantz Fanon (1961) describes the African social elite as a bourgeoisie without capital. This characteristic is attributed to Africa’s “postcolonial” leaders, primarily because they are not endowed with the means and infrastructures of production through which their social status as a bourgeoisie can be validated. ...

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6. War, Masculinity, and Native Americans

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pp. 141-160

In many Native American communities, especially in the Western United States, one particular answer to the question “What makes a man who he is in this culture?” often surprises non-Natives. War veterans have a particularly honored place in these communities, and for as long as they have been American citizens, ...

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7. Representing Aboriginal Masculinity in Howard's Australia

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pp. 161-185

On November 24, 2007, Australia’s conservative Coalition government was voted out after eleven years in office. Its loss was so decisive that the prime minister, John Howard, suffered the ignominy of being only the second prime minister in Australian history to lose his electoral seat. ...

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8. Beyond Jackie Chan

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pp. 186-201

In recent years, cultural theorists and other media scholars have noted the impact that globalization has had on media representations. For scholars such as Fiske (1997), globalization has had an empowering impact on audiences. ...

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9. Body Politics: Masculinities in Sport

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pp. 202-222

This chapter explores some of the processes through which embodied masculinities are reproduced and experienced in sport. These processes inextricably bring together the materiality of bodies and the social and cultural practices through which identifications in particular versions of masculinity are made. ...

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Contributors

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pp. 223-226

Bryant Keith Alexander, author of Performing Black Masculinity: Race, Culture, and Queer Identity (Alta Mira Press), is professor of communication and associate dean of the College of Arts & Letters at California State University, Los Angeles. ...

Index

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pp. 227-229

Publication Information, Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9780252093555
Print-ISBN-13: 9780252036514

Page Count: 232
Publication Year: 2011