Making the Australian Male: Middle-Class Masculinity


Making the Australian Male: Middle-Class Masculinity 1870���1920 [PDF / EPUB] Making the Australian Male: Middle–Class Masculinity 1870���1920 The construction of Australian manliness has altered with the nation s development and the influence of world events Among the various models held up as ideals we have had the laconic, resourceful bus The Australian Male: Middle-Class Masculinity PDF \ construction Australian Male: PDF ↠ of Australian manliness has altered with the nation s development and the influence of world events Among the various models held up as ideals we have had the laconic, resourceful bushman the plucky, loyal Anzac and the fit, athletic sportsman In Making the Australian Male, Martin Crotty explores the changing ideologies of Australian manliness, particularly middle Making the PDF or class masculinity, over a crucial fifty year period of our history He examines changing emphases at boys schools, mutations of the ideal hero in children s literature and boys adventure stories, and the evolution of boys organisations such as the Try Society and the Boy Scout movement.


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    Ok I will be honest The only reason I decided to read this book was because one of my reviewers of my article told me I needed to I want to be published so I figured I would read whatever the reviewers said but I expected it to be very dry It isn t Firstly what I need to remember is history is interesting The most interesting history to me is not what great leaders did and decided and fought over but is what ordinary people were doing, thinking and experiencing So that a book that goes Ok I will be honest The only reason I decided to read this book was because one of my reviewers of my article told me I needed to I want to be published so I figured I would read whatever the reviewers said but I expected it to be very dry It isn t Firstly what I need to remember is history is interesting The most interesting history to me is not what great leaders did and decided and fought over but is what ordinary people were doing, thinking and experiencing So that a book that goes through dozens of primary sources he lists them and it takes him 5 1 2 pages finding themes about boyhood and masculinity that occurred and reoccured between 1870 1920 to illustrate what other writers had often alluded to that normal masculinity is never completely agreed upon to begin with and then also changes over time.So that here we have the godliness and good order ideal with variations and dissenters , grounded in a necessary feminisation, gradually changing to an athletic, healthy, fit and sometimes violent ideal before getting a bitorder and discipline to become militarism just in time for WW1 Crotty takes us through the unfolding of these versions of normal from the point of view of what he calls Australian Public Schools although in this country we generally call them private or independent schools and then back again through the same periods in children s literature and finally in boys clubs and movements such as the Scouts.Crotty makes a strong case for the patterns he has seen, he shows up contradictions and complexities, works closely with particular texts so we can follow where he is getting this from and it really is vry interesting even before you get the odd but welcome quirky moments of humour like the little giggle over an anti masturbation speaker being thanked for taking the issue on with gloves off lol Having made his case he brings it together in the final chapter and then argues for the relevance of his research which was self evident to me but kind of him to make it explicit and giving his agenda as pro feminist he does not claim that label however, that is my interpretation.Within the books he has also revealed the connection between men s elitism and not just the obvious sexism and homophobia but also racism, nationalism and classism While Crotty argues the connection, some of the texts and illustrations taken from children s books of the time speak for themselves He has a lot of evidence to work with I think I will find the book very useful for my writing especially the first few chapters and the final one but perhapsrelevantly for this website I found it an interesting and enjoyable read Anyone who is interested in Australian history, gender, childhood, education, sociology, politics or all of them ought to probably add this to their TBR list


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