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Reframing Masculinities: Narrating the Supportive Practices of Men

Radhika Chopra (Editor)
Synopsis There is a growing concern among gender practitioners, activists and researchers to address the role of men and boys in achieving gender equality and in empowering women.  How can we make gendered partnerships possible? Do ordinary men in contemporary South Asia reflect on gender? What do they make of the public debates and outcries against issues like gender violence, female foeticide and the trafficking of women and children? The essays in this volume focus on the biographies and narratives of individual men who have self-consciously chosen to work on gender issues within and beyond everyday cultures of masculinity.  These biographies and stories of men need a public forum of expression because they have a direct.  They also have the power to produce an active rethinking about gender in contemporary Indian society.  It is important for men to known that there are others out there who are doing “gender” work.  It is equally important for women to know that there are men who actively counter violence against women in their everyday lives.  They enable us to hear an aspect of men’s lives and their subjective positions in ways that have not hitherto been addressed.  The stories of their lives can serve as blueprints for new social formations and as a way of understanding larger social realities from the standpoint of ordinary lives.
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About the author

Radhika Chopra

Radhika Chopra is Reader, Department of Sociology, University of Delhi. Her research focus is on gender and masculinity. She was co-chair of the UN Expert Group which prepared the document ‘Role of Men and Boys in Achieving gender Equality’, adopted at the Commission for the Status of Women in March 2004. Her previous publications include From Violence to Supportive Practice: Family, Gender and Masculinities in India (edited, 2002), and South Asian Masculinities: Context of Change, Sites of Continuity (co-edited with Caroline Osella and Filippo Osella, 2004).

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Bibliographic information

Title Reframing Masculinities: Narrating the Supportive Practices of Men
Format Hardcover
Date published: 25.01.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8125031588
length vi+208p., 23cm.