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This book challenges the widely held stereotype that men either have an impoverished emotional life or are inhibited in talking about their emotions. In this major study of middle-aged and older heterosexual men, Dariusz Galasinski demonstrates that they talk about their emotions both indirectly and openly, that masculinity can be constructed in terms of emotions and emotionality in both men's as well as women's discourse. Taking a radically contextual notion of identity, the author argues further for a disassociation of father's identity from biological fatherhood, demonstrating that men can construct themselves as genderless parents. He shows how, faced with unemployment or other difficult experiences, men and women use the same discursive practices in expressing feelings of helplessness. Finally, the book challenges the notion that gender is relevant to all social interactions, concluding that class, ethnicity or employment are fare more significant.


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This book challenges the widely held stereotype that men either have an impoverished emotional life or are inhibited in talking about their emotions. In this major study of middle-aged and older heterosexual men, Dariusz Galasinski demonstrates that they talk about their emotions both indirectly and openly, that masculinity can be constructed in terms of emotions and emotionality in both men's as well as women's discourse. Taking a radically contextual notion of identity, the author argues further for a disassociation of father's identity from biological fatherhood, demonstrating that men can construct themselves as genderless parents. He shows how, faced with unemployment or other difficult experiences, men and women use the same discursive practices in expressing feelings of helplessness. Finally, the book challenges the notion that gender is relevant to all social interactions, concluding that class, ethnicity or employment are fare more significant.


Reviews

'Letting us hear the voices of men who go about their lives worrying, loving, suffering, caring, fearing, and enjoying things, this book succeeds in replacing the tired stereotype of the 'strong silent man' with a sensitive and nuanced portrayal of complex, contradictory, and emotional real-life masculinities.'Aneta Pavlenko, Temple University


Contents

Acknowledgements
Transcription Conventions
Men and their Emotions
Stories of Emotional Masculinity
'There is a Concern' - Strategies of Emotion Talk
'No worries', or the Emotional View of Reality
Emotions of Fatherhood
Speaking Helplessly: The Emotions of Unemployment
Masculinity? What Masculinity?
References
Index


Authors

DARIUSZ GALASINSKI is Professor of Discourse and Cultural Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, UK, and Visiting Professor at the Warsaw School of Social Psychology. His other books include Cultural Studies and Discourse Analysis (with Chris Barker, 2001), The Language of Deception (2000) and The Language of Belonging (with Ulrike Hanna Meinhof, 2005).