"Sois un homme!” La construction de la masculinité au XIXe siècle

Title"Sois un homme!” La construction de la masculinité au XIXe siècle
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsSohn, Anne-Marie
Number of Pages456
PublisherSeuil
City, CountryParis
Abstract

How does someone become a man? How is a masculine identity constructed? In tracing the incident, no matter how small, even a fightl, in a century promptly managing the knife and stick, Anne-Marie Sohn seizes so many opportunities to observe on the spot the way in which an identity is forged as 'man.' She follows young Frenchmen in the trials they had to overcome, in the bar and in the factory, in the high school and in the public square, in order to appropriate male words and rites. It reveals what this socialization owes to the intervention of fathers who are, at the same time, models, mentors, and censors for their sons. It shows above all the decline of a masculinity based on strength, courage and honor, in favor of a calm masculinity in which the word replaces the gesture, where the confrontation yields to mediation, a phenomenon closely linked to the " The advent of democratic procedures. This history of juvenile masculinity also draws a hollow model that governs the socialization of girls and weighs on their emancipation.

Short Title"Sois un homme!”
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