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Moving beyond mateship:reconstructing Australian men's practices

Pease, Bob 2001, Moving beyond mateship:reconstructing Australian men's practicesA man's world? changing men's practices in a globalized world, Zed Books Ltd., London, England, pp.191-204.

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Title Moving beyond mateship:reconstructing Australian men's practices
Author(s) Pease, Bob
Title of book A man's world? changing men's practices in a globalized world
Publication date 2001
Chapter number 13
Total chapters 17
Start page 191
End page 204
Total pages 14
Publisher Zed Books Ltd.
Place of Publication London, England
Summary In this chapter I will explore the implications of the definitively Australian
style of masculine behaviour called 'mateship' for gender relations in
Australia. Mateship is part of the Australian male heritage; it originated in
colonial days and was glorified in war and sport. The feminist movement
in Australia has challenged the dominant form of masculinity inherent in
mateship and the basic rationale for gender relations that flow from it. In
this context, I will discuss Australian profeminist men's attempts to challenge patriarchal gender relations and construct non-patriarchal subjectivities and practices. Theorizing about masculinity in Australia has tended to be derivative of overseas literature. This is partly because publishers are looking for overseas markets for their books so they discourage writers on masculinity from grounding men's practices in a specifically Australian context. While there are benefits in generalizing about western masculinities, such writing misses the uniqueness of the lived experiences of Australian men. It is this uniqueness that I will address in this chapter. As McGrane and Patience (1995: 15) note, 'Australian masculinism has a history of its own that needs to be recognized at the same time as it can be usefully compared to the masculinisms of similar cultures'.
ISBN 1856499111
9781856499118
Language eng
Field of Research 169901 Gender Specific Studies
HERDC Research category B1.1 Book chapter
Copyright notice ©2001, Zed Books Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30000957

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