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Canadian Men and Masculinities – Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
Author: Christopher J Greig, Wayne J Martino
Publisher: Canadian Scholars’ Press
This fascinating collection of essays addresses much more than the life and times of the two stereotypical lumberjacks on the cover.
Well referenced throughout, the authors look at the complexities and possibilities of being male, with a focus on the masculinities that men and boys ‘do differently’.
I recommend particularly two excellent chapters on ‘queering masculinities’ and ‘blackness, masculinity and the work of queer’.
The context may be particular to Canada, but the content has international appeal. There is much discussion of how masculinities are affected by class, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, bodily ability and geographical location, and shaped by economic, social, cultural and political changes.
David Mara’s chapter on renegotiating masculinity after a spinal cord injury will be of particular interest to healthcare professionals.
He describes being robbed of what it meant to be a man after a biking accident in which he broke his neck – ‘being helpless, like a baby’.
His recovery was helped by bonding with other men in similar situations: ‘Most were young, male, having sustained their injuries through risky behaviours – automobile accidents and violence primarily.’
Reviewer: Roger Evans
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