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The Meanings of Macho: Being a Man in Mexico City (Men and Masculinity) Tenth Anniversary Edition, With a New Preface Edition

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ISBN-10: 0520250133
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"Gutmann has done the hithertofore seemingly unthinkable. [A] wholly other vision of Mexican gender relations emerges." - Jose Limon, American Anthropologist "This book does for the study of men what two generations of feminist anthropologists have done for the study of women." - Lynn Stephen, author of Zapotec Women"

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"Gutmann has done the hithertofore seemingly unthinkable. [A] wholly other vision of Mexican gender relations emerges."—José Limón, American Anthropologist

"This book does for the study of men what two generations of feminist anthropologists have done for the study of women."—Lynn Stephen, author of Zapotec Women
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Product Details

  • Series: Men and Masculinity (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Tenth Anniversary Edition, With a New Preface edition (October 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520250133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520250130
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #428,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had to read this book for an anthropological sex and gender course, but as a Mexican who lived in Mexico 9 years, I could almost see myself in the pages. Many things about my family began to make sense, from the most trivial to major, i. e. not being able to eat with adults because children don't exhibit "manners" to the way my father treats my mother. There are, as should be expected, misconceptions from the ethnographer about a couple of things, but nothing a Mexican won't notice. I highly recommended it to everyone in my family, so that they may be more aware of where certain attitudes and practices originated from. Highly recommend it.
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Gutmann's endeavour to analyse the hegemonic and stereotypical notions of machismo, a most ambiguous term both in scientific and popular literature, results in a very comprehensive work where patient nuance is at the core of the engaging analysis. The demographic in the study is working class people (allow for the suggestion of other discourses of manhood to exist in other stratas of the society) in a part of Mexico City, and Gutmann manages to present the socioeconomic realities in which the lives recorded take place. It's an honest account, vitalised by the reflections and comments on personal experiences and emotions in the field. The writing is very seductive, inasmuch as the flowing and engaging style of the study evokes empathy on the part of the reader. The weaving together of chapters dealing with different aspects of his informants' lives (child rearing, division of labour, sexuality, alcohol consumption etc), is masterly done in eliciting the subtleties of the phenomenon that is being macho. Gutmann touches on morality, hegemonic discourses and practices relating to manhood and gendered values, the contestation of these and the emergence of new roles and identities located in the universe of gender. Drawing on concepts like contradictory consciousness, it might be suggested that the writer situates himself in the theoretical landscape where importance is given to actors' strategies and adaptation, however, never failing to outline the objective structures providing the explanatory framework for individual agency. A thouroughly enjoyable read, both for the insights it provides, and for the sheer way they are presented.
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Anthropology should be so insightful. Gutmann, wife Michelle McKenzie and
daughter spent a year in the colonia Santo Domingo from 1992-1993. The
publisher calls this the "first detailed ethnography of machismo in Mexico." With
vignettes and theory in hand, Gutmann carefully reviews the stereotype of
"macho" with the finesse of a classical novelist. Again, the University of
California Press demonstrates that academic work doesn't need to be boring!
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