Moving men, changing men, othering men

On politics, care and representation

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In this paper I am concerned with moving men, changing men, othering men. By this, I mean: first, seeking to open up a larger space to shift men and the category of men; second, to promote progressive change in how men behave, reducing the structural power of men, and challenging assumptions about the immutability of the category of men; and, third, decentring and deconstructing men, not (re)placing men at the centre of matters, and not colluding with attempts to do so. The conference that led initially to this presentation, and then onto this article, or what can be understood as re-presentation, had the aims of moving away from only oppositional thinking on men and masculinities, and adding, to the critique of power, emerging models of masculinities through the interrogation of men's practices, experiences, discourses and realities. As such, it sought to move from more reactive, negative critique to embrace positive transformation more actively. More specifically, three themes were foregrounded in the conference: men and masculinities in relation to politics; men and masculinities in relation to care; and men and masculinities in relation to media, or as I prefer here to focus on, representation. At first sight, this may seem, to some, a strange, even random, collection of themes. However, I see them as a fine, and positive, combination, offering many avenues for different ways of thinking and acting. So, let us consider what these three themes bring to the table. How do they connect and interrelate? How do they make for moving men, changing men, and othering men?
Original languageEnglish
JournalQuaderns de l'Institut Catala d'Antropologia
Volume34
Issue number2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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