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Theoretical issues and political dilemmas in working with men

Pease, Bob 2001, Theoretical issues and political dilemmas in working with menWorking with men in the human services, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, N.S.W., pp.15-24.

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Title Theoretical issues and political dilemmas in working with men
Author(s) Pease, Bob
Title of book Working with men in the human services
Publication date 2001
Chapter number 2
Total chapters 16
Start page 15
End page 24
Total pages 10
Publisher Allen & Unwin
Place of Publication Crows Nest, N.S.W.
Summary The aim of this chapter is to highlight some of the theoretical issues and political dilemmas involved in working with men in the human services. To develop a framework for practice with men, we have to adequately conceptualise the issues £1cing men. These are confusing and unsettling times for many men. To make sense of this confusion it is important to understand men's experiences within the context of the patriarchal structures in society and their relationship to class, race and gender regimes. Men and women who work with men in the human services should have an analysis of the social construction of masculinities and they need to understand how the forces that construct dominant masculinities embed men and women in relations of dominance and subordination that limit the potential for them to be in partnership with each other. To the extent that we ignore the social construction of masculinity,
it blocks insight into the real trouble in men's lives. Furthermore, if men do not grasp the basic notion of gender as a social construction, then feminist critiques of patriarchy, dominant masculinity and abusive male behaviours are going to be felt by men at a deeply personal level (Schwalbe 1996, pp. 187, 231).
ISBN 1865084808
9781865084800
Language eng
Field of Research 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category B1.1 Book chapter
Copyright notice ©2001, Allen & Unwin
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30000952

Document type: Book Chapter
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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