Men in the Public Eye: The Construction and Deconstruction by Jeff Hearn

By Jeff Hearn

Men's domination of the general public area is apparent, but this can be neglected in social and political analyses. this article examines the issues of "public males" inside "public patriarchies". It addresses important questions. Why and the way do males dominate within the public worlds of labor, politics and tradition? How do those public worlds build public males and public masculinities in numerous and altering methods? those questions are tested via a spotlight at the previous, in particular the interval 1870-1920, a interval of huge development and transformation within the strength of the general public area. a continual topic is that the current exists some time past, and the prior within the current. "Men within the Public Eye" makes an attempt to bare why men's domination out and in of the general public area is a crucial characteristic of gender kin in patriarchy, and the way public domain names dominate the non-public domain names. This ebook could be of curiosity to undergraduates, postgraduates and teachers attracted to gender experiences and women's reviews.

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It merely introduces a degree of scepticism into the evaluation of these contributions, particularly when we consider the particular kind of personal life often lived by the men who have written and constructed the social sciences, in the safety of the public domains or their domestic study, and away Men in the public eye 20 from the particular rigours and demands of the private domains. For this reason alone, let alone more structural reasons around the societal construction of the patriarchal malestream, it is perhaps not so surprising that practitioners of the traditional social sciences have generally not seen the public domains, or the public men there, as problematic.

However, it would be mistaken to go on from this to dismiss a few thousand years of thought and action. For one thing, even though the malestream is extremely careless in its analysis of men, there is at least a variety of misdemeanours to choose from. Within the malestream, positions have differed on the extent of the separation or overlap of the public and private domains; the diverse bases of social life in each of these domains; the significance given to production and/or reproduction, to productive labour and/or reproductive labour, and indeed to concepts of work and labour, as against concepts of being and existence.

He had less control of his passions; he was more controlled by them. Later, as the conveyor belts running through his existence grow longer and more complex, the individual learns to control himself more steadily; he is now more a prisoner of his passions than before. But as he is now more tightly bound by his functional dependence on the activities of an even larger number of people, he is much more restricted in his conduct, in his chances of directly satisfying his drives and passions. Life becomes in a sense less dangerous, but also less emotional or pleasurable, at least as far as the direct release of pleasure is concerned.

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