GSWS165 - ANTHROPOLOGY OF MASCULINITY AND THE STATE
This course engages critical masculinity studies through an anthropological lens that connects concepts and practices of manhood with politics and statecraft, particularly through exploration of the connection between masculinity and coercion by violence. We begin with an assumption that masculinities (plural) are culturally and historically imagined and defined. Rather than considering masculinity as simply a way of "being", we approach issues of manhood through modes of "doing", which are mutable, negotiable and often quite fragile. Examining masculinity as a culturally inflected process, as life experience and expectation, and as routinized practice allows us to explore its relationship with politics and governance in news ways that compel going beyond simple truisms like "it's a man's world". In addition to ethnographic and analytical texts, we will also incorporate into the discussion representations of masculinity in film, including popular/Hollywood fiction, as well as documentary and ethnographic films. Our goal will be to deconstruct common ideas about manhood and to develop anthropological concepts of masculinity and gender more broadly in relation to contemporary politics.