The Meanings of Macho: Being a Man in Mexico City
At long lasta carefully researched and wonderfully written ethnography that explodes the ubiquitous stereotype of Mexican men as invariably macho" while tackling head on the inequality between men and women. Challenging the notion that men, masculinity, and male gender identity are simple... show more
At long lasta carefully researched and wonderfully written ethnography that explodes the ubiquitous stereotype of Mexican men as invariably macho" while tackling head on the inequality between men and women. Challenging the notion that men, masculinity, and male gender identity are simple and homogenous categories, Gutmann skillfully weaves together stories of working class men in a Mexico City colonia, including an outstanding in-depth consideration of 'men's domesticity.' 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"This is a significant addition to the literature on masculinity. In this well-constructed ethnography Gutmann's originalityto say nothing of his intellectual honestyshines through. His focus is on what men do and on what they say they do, and on the role of women in affecting both. He does not shy away from ambiguity but embraces it as a key theme in the attempt to understand how male identities are negotiated. A deft and subtle piece of scholarship."Michael Herzfeld, Harvard University"The Meanings of Macho is a highly readable book, full of interesting vignettes recounting masculine behavior and conversations among men in a Mexico City colonia. Matthew Gutmann carefully critiques the stereotype of the 'macho' male and shows us how Mexican men are changingfrom holding babies, to helping with the housework, to accepting female leaders in the colonia. There is still public drunkenness, male violence, and wife abuse, but there is also a center for family violence, support groups for spouse abusers, and much discussion about the 'culture of violence and machismo.' Guttman presents a nuanced portrait of the variety of men he studied and the social and economic context of change."Louise Lamphere, University of New Mexico"Recent scholarship has taught us much about what it
Publish date: 16-09-2006
Publisher: University of California Press
Edition language: English
Not terrible, and some interesting information, but I personally prefer ethnographies to be a little more rich with personal accounts and stories. Reading this felt like the author was a bit detached.