Synopses & Reviews
Inspired by feminist scholars who revolutionized our understanding of womens gender roles, the contributors to this pioneering book describe how mens proscribed roles are neither biological nor social givens but rather psychological and social constructions. For the first time in one volume, the leading voices in the study of male psychology authoritatively detail how mens roles are created and how mens attempts to live up to these unhealthy and unrealistic models of masculinity warp men and society.Questioning the traditional norms of the male role (such as the emphasis on aggression, competition, status, and emotional stoicism), they show how some male problems (such as violence, homophobia, devaluation of women, detached fathering, and neglect of health needs) are unfortunate by-products of the current process by which males are socialized. By synthesizing the latest research, clinical experience, and major theoretical perspectives on men and by figuring in cultural, class, and sexual orientation differences, the authors brilliantly illuminate the many variations of male behavior. This book will be a valuable resource not just for students of gender psychology in any discipline but also for clinicians and researchers who need to account for the relationship between mens behavior and the contradictory and inconsistent gender roles imposed on men.This new understanding of mens psychology is sure to enhance the work of clinical professionalsincluding psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, and psychiatric nursesin helping men reconstruct a sense of masculinity along healthier and more socially just lines.
Moving beyond the simple, untested pieties of Robert Bly and Sam Keen, the renowned contributors to this book outline an empirically based model of male psychology. The book shows how contradictory definitions of the male gender can create stress, confusion, and even health problems for men and helps therapists address such problems as domestic violence, chemical dependency, and risk-seeking behavior.