Heterosexual Masculinities: Contemporary Perspectives from Psychoanalytic Gender Theory

Editor : Bruce Reis, Editor : Robert Grossmark

Heterosexual Masculinities: Contemporary Perspectives from Psychoanalytic Gender Theory

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2009
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 288
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 28552
  • ISBN 13 : 9780881635027
  • ISBN 10 : 0881635022

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In recent years there have been substantial changes in approaches to how genders are made and what functions genders fulfill. Most of the scholarly focus in this area has been in the areas of feminist, gay, and lesbian studies, and heterosexual masculinity - which tended to be defined by lack and absence - has not received the critical and scholarly attention these other areas have received. "Heterosexual Masculinities" rethinks a psychoanalytic tradition that has long thought masculinity as a sort of brittle defense against femininity, softness, and emotionality. Reflecting current trends in psychoanalytic thinking, this book seeks to understand heterosexual masculinity as fluid, multiple, and emergent. The contributors to this insightful volume take new perspectives on relations between men, mens positions as fathers in relation to their sons and daughters, the clinical encounter with heterosexual men, the social contexts of masculinity, and the multiplicity of heterosexual masculine subjectivities. What to a previous generation would have appeared as pathological or defensive, we now encounter as forms of masculine subjectivity that include wishes for intimacy, receptivity, and surrender, alongside ambition and the pleasures of "phallic narcissism."

About the Editor(s)

Robert Grossmark is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. He teaches at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies, the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Training Program, and the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at the City University of New York (CUNY). He supervises in the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis, the National Institute for the Psychotherapies, and the CUNY Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program. He is the co-editor of two books and writes on psychoanalytic process.

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