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A History of Masculinity: From Patriarchy to Gender Justice (Paperback)

A History of Masculinity: From Patriarchy to Gender Justice By Ivan Jablonka, Nathan Bracher (Translated by) Cover Image
By Ivan Jablonka, Nathan Bracher (Translated by)
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A highly acclaimed work from one of France's pre-eminent historians

What does it mean to be a good man? To be a good father, or a good partner? A good brother, or a good friend?

In this insightful analysis, social historian Ivan Jablonka offers a re-examination of the patriarchy and its impact on men. Ranging widely across cultures, from Mesopotamia to Confucianism to Christianity to the revolutions of the eighteenth century, Jablonka uncovers the origins of our patriarchal societies. He then offers an updated model of masculinity based on a theory of gender justice which aims for a redistribution of gender, just as social justice demands the redistribution of wealth.

Arguing that it is high time for men to be as involved in gender justice as women, Jablonka shows that in order to build a more equal and respectful society, we must gain a deeper understanding of the structure of patriarchy - and reframe the conversation so that men define themselves by the rights of women. Widely acclaimed in France, this is an important work from a major thinker.

About the Author

Ivan Jablonka is a French historian and former student of Alain Corbin and Jean-Noël Luc. In 2004, he defended his doctoral thesis on wards of the state Under the Third Republic. Now a Professor of contemporary history at the Université Paris-XIII-Nord and novelist, he is one of the editors-in-chief of La Vie des idées/Books and Ideas and editorial director with Pierre Rosanvallon of the collection La République des Idées for the French publisher Le Seuil. His latest book, Laëtitia ou La fin des hommes (Seuil, 2016), was selected for the Renaudot and Goncourt Prizes. It received the 2016 Prix Médicis, the Prix Le Monde as well as the Prix des prix littéraires.

Nathan Bracher is Nathan Bracher is Professor of French at Texas A & M University. He previously translated Ivan Jablonka’sHistory Is A Contemporary Literature from the Cornell University Press.

Praise For…

A work of serious ambition ― Times, Best Books of 2022

Exhilarating . . . a work of scholarship, but also inspiration. The detail is fascinating, the prose lively, the analysis convincing and the message surprisingly hopeful. . . Go and read Jablonka and change the world -- Christina Patterson ― The Sunday Times

A surprise bestseller in France. . . his work has now found a much wider audience in a lucid English translation ― New Statesman

Jablonka marshals an impressive body of historical, anthropological, biological and sociological evidence in his compelling history of masculinity. A man who passionately supports the feminist cause, Jablonka's argument for gender justice is both radical and promising ― TLS

Illuminating. . . a history and a call to arms, almost a manifesto, for how to create a society of "just men" -- Ed Cumming ― The Sunday Times

A vivid, opinionated take on centuries of gender relations . . . a thought provoking, occasionally troubling big history - which also offers up some possible futures ― BBC History Magazine

Jablonka's history of how one half of the world's population has consistently oppressed the other has control and poise ― Spectator

The present and future of masculinity have been hotly debated for some years now, which perhaps explains why this history of the topic became a bestseller in France before finding a publisher in the UK. Social historian Ivan Jablonka travels from Mesopotamia to Confucianism to the revolutions of the 18th century to offer a fresh slant on gender and to define what it means to be a good man, father and friend today ― Mr Porter

In this ambitious book, Jablonka explores the history of patriarchy, explains its longevity and shows what men should do next ―Les Inrocks

Jablonka's work is remarkable. . . erudite and lucid, personal and rigorous ―Le Monde

Fascinating and necessary ―Psychologies

Enlightening. . . crucial for democracy and our daily lives ― Marie Claire

An unexpected bestseller in France. . . it has sparked conversations ―Challenges
Product Details
ISBN: 9780141993706
ISBN-10: 0141993707
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: August 22nd, 2023
Pages: 444
Language: English