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Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

The Nature of Masculinity

Critical Theory, New Materialisms, and Technologies of Embodiment

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

The Nature of Masculinity

Critical Theory, New Materialisms, and Technologies of Embodiment

This analysis of the relationship between gender and nature proposes that masculinity is a technology that shapes both our engagement with the natural world and how we define freedom. As the complexity of our ecosystems becomes more apparent, the line between nature and culture, human and nonhuman, and technology and bodies becomes less distinct. Yet contemporary masculinity studies has generally failed to incorporate this new way of thinking. Drawing on the work of the Frankfurt School, Heidegger, and new materialist theories, Steve Garlick reassesses the relationship between masculinity, nature, and embodiment to advance a new critical theory of masculinity.


236 pages

Sexuality Stud


Table of Contents

Introduction: The Nature of Masculinity

1 Social Theory, Masculinity, and New Materialisms

2 Technologies of Embodiment: Toward a New Critical Theory of Masculinity

3 Autoerotic Bodies: Biopolitics, Masculinity, and Nature

4 Pornographic Bodies: Affect, Masculinity, and Technology

5 Violent Bodies: Complexity and the Spectacle of Masculinity

6 The Work of Masculinity

References; Index

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