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Theoretical issues and political dilemmas in working with men

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posted on 2001-01-01, 00:00 authored by Bob PeaseBob Pease
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).

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Chapter number

2

Pagination

15-24

ISBN-13

9781865084800

ISBN-10

1865084808

Language

eng

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BN Other book chapter, or book chapter not attributed to Deakin

Copyright notice

2001, Allen & Unwin

Extent

16

Publisher

Allen & Unwin

Place of publication

Crows Nest, N.S.W.

Title of book

Working with men in the human services

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