Sex Roles (2008) 59:602–604 DOI 10.1007/s11199-008-9442-2 BOOK REVIEW A Psychological Summary of Masculinity: Short, Clear, and Relevant The Masculine Self (3rd edition). By Christopher T. Kilmartin, Sloan Publishing: Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY, 2007. 400 pp. $52.95 (paperback). 1-59738-005-9 Andrew P. Smiler & Suny Oswego Published online: 2 May 2008 Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2008 The idea that gender shapes the way individuals are raised, as well as the “intersection” of masculinity/gender with make choices, interact with others, and understand the other demographic categories (e.g., ethnicity, social class, world is well established and accepted by many. Theorists sexual orientation). Kilmartin provides readers with a brief have long addressed this influence (e.g., Freud 1925/1997), introduction to evolutionary theory, psychoanalytic per- but research on gender was relatively uncommon until the spectives, ego psychology, behavioral learning theories Feminist movement of the 1960–1970s. Most of the (i.e., reward and punishment), imitation based approaches subsequent research has focused on women’s roles and (i.e., Bandura), gender schema theory, approaches that high- femininity; research on men’s roles and masculinity has light the immediate environment and other situational/ been less common and received less attention (Smiler contextual approaches, humanistic theories, and existential 2004). The last decade, however, has
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