Kinship, Male Bonds, and Masculinity in Comparative Perspective


Kinship, Male Bonds, and Masculinity in Comparative Perspective



the American Historical Association

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The first efforts to find a common ground for the historical analysis of gender began in the 1980s and have continued apace, aided by imaginative work in cultural studies, the social sciences, feminist theory, and gay and lesbian studies.1 Historians of China have been tapping into much of this work for some time; judging by the excellent essays in this AHR Forum, they are navigating the complexities of gender history with assurance and expertise, despite a still-modest foundation of monographic research. This work demonstrates that the study of the bonds that united men in varying degrees of harmonious rivalry is an excellent way to get purchase on a set of broader themes that illuminate men's relations to women and NeoConfucian ideals of the family, as well as to assess their responses to the vicissitudes of the economy and state power. My own field of specialization is modern European history, most recently the history of sexuality. What follows is not comparative history in any strict sense but a modest effort to assess these contributions to the history of men and masculinity in China from a Euro-American perspective.

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Katie Arthur

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Nye, Robert A.

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