Menâ€™s Stories for a Change: Ageing Men Remember
This is an unusual and very insightful book, not easy to place in a particular tradition or discipline. It features personal stories of several older profeminist men who met together over a thirteen-year period to compose and discuss personal reflections on thematic aspects of masculinities. The methodological approach is grounded in Frigga Haugâ€™s (1987) memory-work approach to excavating and collectively understanding gendered ways individuals construct their identity. The authors make it clear in their introduction that the passages are not meant to be confessional. On the contrary, â€œthe mode was care and critique, not therapyâ€ (p. xxvi). Haug states: â€œmemory-work must, then, contain an element of practical questioning; it is not concerned purely and simply with a search for new insightsâ€ (1987, p. 69). Given the years the authors committed to the Older Menâ€™s Memory Work Group, during which time some men left the group and one passed away before publication, it became clear that the text was, indeed, â€œa product of a kind of â€˜slow researchâ€™ into and on our lives that can now be interrogated, analysed and critiqued by othersâ€ (p. xxvii). The stories in this book offer...
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