Interrogating Caribbean Masculinities: Theoretical and Empirical Analyses

Interrogating Caribbean Masculinities: Theoretical and Empirical Analyses

Interrogating Caribbean Masculinities: Theoretical and Empirical Analyses

Interrogating Caribbean Masculinities: Theoretical and Empirical Analyses

Synopsis

This anthology of Caribbean feminist scholarships has several unique features. It exposes gender relations as regimes of power and consolidates and advances indigenous feminist theorizing. A particular strong section of the book deconstructs marginality and masculinity in the Caribbean and provides groundbreaking research with policy implications.

Excerpt

The papers published in this book were presented at the symposium “The Construction of Caribbean Masculinity: Towards a Research Agenda”. The event was held at the University of the West Indies in St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, in January 1996. Dr Rhoda Reddock and her staff at the Centre for Gender and Development Studies organized the symposium. The conference was one of the first encounters between both male and female Caribbean scholars engaged in the study of the construction of masculinity in the region. For two days, both presenters and participants engaged in a vivid discussion about the nature of masculinity as a gender construct and its manifestations in the Caribbean region. With three exceptions – Michael Kaufman (Canada), Michael Kimmel (United States) and myself (Puerto Rico) – the participants were from the anglophone Caribbean.

The publication of these papers is a highlight in the development of masculinity studies in the Caribbean region. Most of the authors espouse a social constructivist approach. The constructivist approach maintains that the categories through which we perceive, evaluate and think are socially constructed. They do not exist independently of the subject. The categories are social constructions with cultural specificity. This point

Sections of this text are drawn from previous publications and an unpublished manuscript.

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