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Exploring Masculinities: Feminist Legal Theory Reflections

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Edited by: Martha Albertson Fineman, Michael Thomson

ISBN13: 9781472415127
Published: November 2013
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
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While masculinities theory has had much to say on relationships of subordination, few feminist legal scholars have examined the implications of masculinities theory for feminist legal theory. This volume investigates the ways in which emerging masculinities theory in law could inform feminist legal theory in particular and law in general. As many of the chapters in this collection illustrate, law is constantly in a dynamic interaction with masculinities: it has both influenced existing masculinities and has been influenced by those masculinities. The contributions focus feminist and critical theoretical attention on masculinities and consider the implications of masculinities theory for law and legal theory.

The book sets out the theoretical trajectory of masculinities studies as a field and its application in law and uses insights from a masculinities approach to study socio-political construction of gender identities in specific settings. It also explores how understanding historical construction of gender identities can inform more effective public policy and activism. Written by leading experts in the area, the book poses important questions about the development of the relationship between feminisms and masculinities theory and will be essential reading for those working in law and gender and related areas.

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Introduction, Martha Albertson Fineman

Part I Feminist Legal Theory and Masculinities and Law: Asking the man question: masculinities analysis and feminist theory, Nancy E. Dowd
Feminisms and masculinities: questioning the lure of multiple identities, Martha Albertson Fineman.

Part II Deconstructing Masculinity in Location: Martyred women and humiliated men, Roja Fazaeli
Colonial optics
dancehall and legal imperatives against the 'unnatural', Camille A. Nelson
Toward multidimensional masculinities theory: policing Henry Louis Gates, Frank Rudy Cooper.

Part III Confronting Law: Male genital cutting and the new discourse of race and masculinity, Marie Fox and Michael Thomson
The challenge of pleasure: let's talk about sex in feminist and masculinity studies theorising, Chris Beasley
Gender, masculinities, and transition in conflicted societies, Fionula Ni Aolain, Naomi Cahn and Dina Haynes
Migrating and mutating masculinities in institutional law reforms, Jamie R. Abrams.

Part IV Education: Thinking through the 'boy crisis': from multiple masculinities to intersectionality, Juliet A. Williams
No boy left behind? Single-sex education and the essentialist myth of masculinity, David S. Cohen.

Part V Work: Masculinities and disparate impacts, Ann C. McGinley
Masculinities narratives and Latino immigrant workers: a case study of the Las Vegas residential construction trades, Leticia M. Saucedo and Maria Cristina Morales.

Part VI Family: On masculinities, law, and family practices: a case study of fathers' rights and gender, Richard Collier
Taking custody of motherhood: fathers' rights activists and the politics of parenting, Jocelyn Elise Crowley
To be male: homophobia, sexism, and the production of 'masculine' boys, Clifford J. Rosky