Changing Men and Masculinities in Latin America

Changing Men and Masculinities in Latin America

By: Matthew C. Gutmann (editor)Paperback

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Ranging from fatherhood to machismo and from public health to housework, Changing Men and Masculinities in Latin America is a collection of pioneering studies of what it means to be a man in Latin America. Matthew C. Gutmann brings together essays by well-known U.S. Latin Americanists and newly translated essays by noted Latin American scholars. Historically grounded and attuned to global political and economic changes, this collection investigates what, if anything, is distinctive about and common to masculinity across Latin America at the same time that it considers the relative benefits and drawbacks of studies focusing on men there. Demonstrating that attention to masculinities does not thwart feminism, the contributors illuminate the changing relationships between men and women and among men of different ethnic groups, sexual orientations, and classes.The contributors look at Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, and the United States. They bring to bear a number of disciplines-anthropology, history, literature, public health, and sociology-and a variety of methodologies including ethnography, literary criticism, and statistical analysis. Whether analyzing rape legislation in Argentina, the unique space for candid discussions of masculinity created in an Alcoholics Anonymous group in Mexico, the role of shame in shaping Chicana and Chicano identities and gender relations, or homosexuality in Brazil, Changing Men and Masculinities highlights the complex distinctions between normative conceptions of masculinity in Latin America and the actual experiences and thoughts of particular men and women. Contributors. Xavier Andrade, Daniel Balderston, Peter Beattie, Stanley Brandes, Hector Carrillo, Miguel Diaz Barriga, Agustin Escobar, Francisco Ferrandiz, Claudia Fonseca, Norma Fuller, Matthew C. Gutmann, Donna Guy, Florencia Mallon, Jose Olavarria, Richard Parker, Mara Viveros

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Matthew C. Gutmann is Stanley J. Bernstein Assistant Professor of the Social Sciences-International Affairs in the Department of Anthropology at Brown University. He is author of The Meanings of Macho: Being a Man in Mexico City and Mainstreaming Men into Gender and Development: Debates, Reflections, Experiences (with Sylvia Chant).


Acknowledgments ix Introduction: Discarding Manly Dichotomies in Latin America / Matthew C. Gutmann 1 Contemporary Latin American Perspectives on Masculinity / Mara Viveros Vigoya 27 Urban Men and Masculinities Philanderers, Cuckolds, and Wily Women: Reexamining Gender Relations in a Brazilian Working-Class Neighborhood / Claudia Fonseca 61 Men and Their Histories: Restructuring, Gender Inequality, and Life Transitions in Urban Mexico / Agustin Escobar Latapi 84 Malandros, Maria Lionza, and Masculinity in a Venezuelan Shantytown / Francisco Ferrandiz 115 The Social Constructions of Gender Identity among Peruvian Males / Norma Fuller 134 Drink, Abstinence, and Male Identity in Mexico City / Stanley Brandes 153 Representations and Practices Barbudos, Warriors, and Rotos: The MIR, Masculinity, and Power in the Chilean Agrarian Reform, 1965-74 / Florencia E. Mallon 179 Sexuality and Revolution: On the Footnotes to El beso de la mujer arana / Daniel Balderston 216 Measures of Manhood: Honor, Enlisted Army Service, and Slavery's Decline in Brazil, 1850-90 / Peter M. Beattie 233 Verguenza and Changing Chicano/a Narratives / Miguel Diaz Barriga 256 Pancho Jaime and the Political Uses of Masculinity in Ecuador / X. Andrade 281 Sexuality and Paternity Changing Sexualities: Masculinity and Male Homosexualities in Brazil / Richard Parker 307 Men at Home?: Child Rearing and Housekeeping among Chilean Working-Class Fathers/ Jose Olavarria 333 Neither Machos nor Maricones: Masculinity and Emerging Male Homosexual Identities in Mexico / Hector Carrillo 351 Rape and the Politics of Masculine Silence in Argentina / Donna J. Guy 370 Contributors 393 Index 399

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  • ISBN13: 9780822330226
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 432
  • ID: 9780822330226
  • ISBN10: 0822330229

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