A Little Book on Men
Author: Rahul Roy
Illustrators: Anupama Chatterjee and Sherna Dastur
9788190363488 | PB | pp. 72 | 2007 | Yoda Press
A Little Book on Men by Rahul Roy draws on popular culture, socialization charts used in schools, poetry, personal narratives and documentary footage, this unique book brings together the main theories, key concepts and empirical research on masculinities even as it contributes to the construction of a language which men in South Asia can use to talk about themselves in different and individually distinct ways.
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India today is abuzz about how things are changing for the new Indian woman. Yet no one is talking about men. As the varied discourses within gender studies grow increasingly complex, the study of masculinities continues to remain an area of darkness within the South Asian reality. The obvious is familiar to all—the visible, hegemonic masculinity which bristles on the slightest provocation and proudly displays its wares. But what about various other masculinities, those which remain silent and unrecognized, pushed under and behind their ‘hyper masculine’ brethren? One might ask—are the two kinds of masculinities locked in an eternal conflict? And are these masculinities permanent, unchangeable, or do they evolve and transform with time?
An unprecedented and timely effort, A Little Book on Men, attempts to address many of these questions in a creative and reader-friendly manner through drawings, text, and video frames. Drawing on popular culture, socialization charts used in schools, poetry, personal narratives and documentary footage, this unique book brings together the main theories, key concepts and empirical research on masculinities even as it contributes to the construction of a language which men in South Asia can use to talk about themselves in different and individually distinct ways.
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About the Contributors
Rahul Roy is an independent documentary filmmaker. Besides directing a number of internationally acclaimed films on the theme of masculinities, he has also written widely on men and gender issues.
Anupama Chatterjee studied animation at the National Institute of Design, and is a broadcast animator by profession. She is also an illustrator and an avid painter.
Sherna Dastur specialised in video at the National Institute of Design. She works as a freelance graphic designer and makes documentary films once in a while. Her film ‘Manjuben Truck Driver’ (2002) won international acclaim.
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