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Miller, T. (2005) Masculinity. In: Essed, P., Goldberg, D.T. and Kobayashi, A., (eds.) A Companion to Gender Studies. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 114-131.

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Men were once the implicit center of most political discourse, social organization, and intellectual inquiry – universal subjects of truth whose achievements, failures, milestones, foibles, and bodies were historical and biological markers of human endeavor and nature. Now, they are subject to specific attention and problematization by researchers, governments, and corporations. Feminist political, personal, and scholarly work, in particular, has been crucial in both asserting the centrality of women to social, scientific, and intellectual life, and calling on men to become objects of study as gendered subjects rather than universal models, in ways that address sexual violence, political power, conversational domination, and media attention – in short, the way of life that characterizes contemporary society and its continued privileging of male images, interests, and experiences.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Copyright: © 2005 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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