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Back to the boys? Temptations of the good gender theorist

Segal, Lynne (2001) Back to the boys? Temptations of the good gender theorist. Textual Practice 15 (2), pp. 231-250. ISSN 0950-236X.


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Saturated with gloom, anxiety, mirth or irony, discourses of men in crisis are ubiquitous. Critically surveying available empirical evidence and the ever-expanding conceptual apparatus for deconstructing and refiguring masculinities, this article reflects upon the historical, social, cultural and political landscape of crisis literature. It considers the limitations of attempts to reform or undo some of the unwanted repercussions of manhood, whether endeavouring to reform, deconstruct, subvert, reclaim or ironize social attitudes, texts or performances of masculinity.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Lynne Segal’s complete profile and publication history can be viewed at
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): manhood, masculinity, deconstructing masculinities, ironising masculinities, official discourses and directives
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:33

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