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Troubled masculinities : reimagining urban men / edited by Ken Moffatt
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2012
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  BF692.5 .T76 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Masculinity
Masculinity -- Ontario -- Toronto
Men -- Identity
Men -- Psychology
Physical Description xviii, 210 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [181]-210)
Contents The Mestizo refuses to confess: masculinity from the standpoint of a Latin American man in Toronto / Henry Parada -- Yearning to break silence: reflections on the functions of male silence / Frank Sirotich ... [et al.] -- Instruction in the art of the masculine: the art of Daryl Vocat / Ken Moffatt -- Troubling role models: seeing racialization in the discourse relating to 'corrective agents' for black males / Carl E. James -- Queering Asian masculinities and transnationalism: implications for anti-oppression and consciousness-raising / Gordon Pon -- 'Keeping it real': the art of the masculine / Philip Lortie -- Dancing without a floor: the artists' politic of queer club space / Ken Moffatt -- Boy to the power of three: Toronto drag kings / Bobby Noble -- Eyes of excess: the darkness and the fire at the centre of growing up male in Toronto in the 1950s and 1960s / Allan Irving
Summary "In the contemporary urban environment, the once-dominant concept of a 'masculine' identity is being replaced by alternative ideas of what it means to be a man. Troubled Masculinities explores and theorizes the ways in which men who experience marginalization in urban settings reimagine and reconstruct their identities as males. Through personal narratives and assessments of artistic expression, the contributors present critical and inventive views of masculinity and how it is performed and interpreted in urban space. Set against the backdrop of Toronto, the essays engage with the global and transnational processes that affect identity and consider how the social hybridity of large cities allows individuals to work against fundamentalist and essentialist attitudes toward gender. The contributors represent diverse backgrounds, races, ethnicities, sexualities, and gender orientations and they offer unique perspectives on conforming to and breaking away from traditional interpretations of masculinity. The essays in this volume explore the effect of race on one' s own understanding of gender identity, the role of performance and visual art - from screen printing to drag king shows - in challenging hegemonic masculinities, and the impact of space - from bubble tea houses to punk rock clubs - on expressions of masculinity. Troubled Masculinities is an important contribution to the growing field of masculinity studies and a valuable assessment of the nature of gender in a modern Canadian urban setting. The collected essays will appeal to a wide audience, from social scientists and artists to activists and general readers."--pub. desc
Alternate Author Moffatt, Kenneth James, 1952-

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