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Book Reviews Sex Roles, Vol. 37, Nos. 7/8, 1997 A New Psychology of Men. Edited by Ronald F. Levant and William S. Polack. New York: Basic Books, 1995, 402 pp., $40.00. Levant and Pollack aim to lay the foundation for a broad coverage of a new psychology of men by focusing on four major facets— theory, research, applications, and considerations of diversity. In this edited volume, gender roles are considered to be psychologically and socially constructed, not bio- logically determined. Traditional constructions of gender are considered unhealthy and seen as serving patriarchal purposes. Their goal is for men to reconsider traditional gender role development and move toward a more empathic and expressive self that would allow for better connections/rela- tions with women, children, and other men. Part I, which includes four chapters that address theory, describes the gender role strain model of masculinity and its consequences, men's need for intimacy and connection while learning to be stoic, current theories of male development that emphasize self (not self-in-relation), and the im- portance of shame in men's lives. These chapters trade the traditional mes- sages in men's lives that isolate them from others and describe the negative feelings such as fear, dread, shame, Sex Roles Springer Journals

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Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright © 1997 by Plenum Publishing Corporation
Psychology; Gender Studies; Sociology, general; Medicine/Public Health, general
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