Interrogating Caribbean Masculinities: Theoretical and by Rhoda Reddock

By Rhoda Reddock

Interrogating Caribbean Masculinities is an anthology of latest Caribbean scholarship on masculinities. The content material displays various disciplinary ways, together with anthropology, background, diplomacy, literary feedback and paintings and set up. unique consciousness is paid to the interplay of strength and sexuality within the development of masculine identities. to appreciate how males convey and exert energy, it is important to incorporate the research of strength within the context of structural relationships: the category method, political and monetary inequalities, racism, colonialism, homophobia, and different platforms of oppression and exclusion. The publication is of curiosity for these educating masculinity stories, girls and gender reviews, and for coverage makers attracted to gender family members within the Caribbean and the Caribbean diaspora.

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Nonetheless, the above discussion illustrates that there is a certain kind of unease that has emerged within hegemonic masculinity. An article in the Economist suggests that “what is really happening is merely a mutation in the Darwinian struggle for the survival of white-male supremacy. Threatened on the fringes of their power, white men are finding new ways to protect their interests – counter-attacking, countercomplaining, adopting the language and tactics used by minorities” (1994, 56). Similar sentiments are expressed in the following quote from an article that comments on the implications of educational underachievement among white working-class boys in England: We have every reason to be extremely worried about failing boys.

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