Through engaging with men's diverse relationships with their bodies, sexualities, emotional lives, feelings and desires, Seidler explores ways of affirming masculinities while critically engaging with the power that men have in the wider society. The book is also a contribution to antisexist politics. Seidler is interested in taking on those forms of men's politics which find it difficult to engage with men's power and society and also those who take it for granted that male power is normal and natural. He seeks to recognize both the power that white, heterosexual masculinities have in shaping forms of philosophy and social theory while at the same time recognizing that masculinity cannot be simply defined as a relationship of power.
"This exciting, accessible and wide-ranging text offers new perspectives on how we think about ourselves. Essential reading for all those interested in identities, it provides a unique introduction to social theory." Professor Mary Maynard, head of Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York
In the 170s and 1980s, identities seemed to be `fixed' or `socially constructed' sexualities and religion. These days we have begun to recognise the diversity, fragmentation and fluidity of identities, but how do we create and shape our own?
Embodying identities shapes a new language of social theory that allows people to embody their differences with a sense of dignifty and self-worth. The book draws on diverse traditions from Marx, Weber and Durkheim, as self-worth. The book draws on diverse traditions from Marx, Weber and Durkheim, as well as more recent traditions of critical theory and poststructuralism, to illuminate transitions from the modern to the postmodern.
Using contemporary examples, Embodying identities will be of interest to students of sociology, politics, social work, philosophy and cultural studies. It we form and live our complex and embodied identities.