- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: University of Chicago Press; First Edition (US) First Printing edition (July 15, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226327280
- ISBN-13: 978-0226327280
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,621,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Faeries, Bears, and Leathermen: Men in Community Queering the Masculine First Edition (US) First Printing Edition
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“There is an artistic elegance to Hennen’s ability to provide a playful and ethnographically rich glimpse into the social worlds he travels through while at the same time adding to important theoretical debates in the sociologies of gender, sexuality, and queer theory.”
“Hennen is the first to examine systematically the relationship between effeminacy and gay male culture and to show how this has influenced the collective identities and sexual practices of gay male communities. His history of the social construction of homosexuality as effeminate is absolutely brilliant, while his rich ethnographic account of the cultural and sexual practices of these three communities is vivid and raw, providing powerful evidence of the author’s rapport with his subjects.”
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In reading this book, I was prepared to take a look inside each group, and see what they did, how and why they did it, and how they felt about being what they are.
In this, I was not disappointed. Why rate this book so low, then? I was NOT prepared to have this be a DOCTORAL DISSERTATION!
This book is fine for sociologists, or social scientists, or academics who want academic research and reasons for what makes these men tick. It is NOT for the general public - those of us who have MAYBE taken one Sociology class in college!
If I were still in college, and wanted to use this as a reference book for a Sociology paper, this would be a good reference. As a casual read, however, I've read better stereo manuals.
Somewhere, somehow, someone will of course disagree with me - that's fine. I hope you pass your Sociology Finals! As for me, I'll read my "Bear" magazine - at least IT has pictures!
What is immediately clear from reading Hennen's work is that he possesses the skills of the most gifted ethnographers, that is, the ability to see the broader social significance in the smallest of details. (If you want to know what the significance of "faerie drag," consult Chapter 3.) He is also a gifted writer. Unlike the dull prose of many academics, Hennen's writing is lively and vivid. You will not only see gender and sexuality everywhere when you are reading this book, but you will smile when you do because Hennen has such a great sense of humor. At the same time, this is a serious book and it makes important contributions to the the sociology of gender, sexuality, masculinities, and queer studies. (It has already received an honorable mention award for its contributions to the sociology of gender.) It would be a terrific book to use for undergraduate and graduate courses in these areas, but also of general interest to anyone who wants to learn more about these communities. Read it, you will not be disappointed!