The Man Problem

Destructive Masculinity in Western Culture

  • Authors
  • Ross Honeywill

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Modernity: Its Birth and Death

  3. Oedipal Schism: Whence Destructive Masculinity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Ross Honeywill
      Pages 55-61
    3. Ross Honeywill
      Pages 63-72
    4. Ross Honeywill
      Pages 81-85
    5. Ross Honeywill
      Pages 97-104
  4. Postmodernity: Its Birth and Death

  5. The Liquid Present

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Ross Honeywill
      Pages 135-146
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      Pages 165-174
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      Pages 175-186
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      Pages 187-195
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 197-217

About this book


In The Man Problem, Ross Honeywill posits that the potential for evil in all men is the social, political, and economic problem of our age. Drawing on the work of social critics and theorists including Zygmunt Bauman, Karl Marx, Hannah Arendt, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean Baudrillard, Slavoj Žižek, and others, the book traces destructive masculinity through cultural texts, social systems, and everyday life practices. Using the lens of social theory, social philosophy, feminist cultural studies, and sociology, The Man Problem explores the legacy of the Enlightenment as a context for a social world constructed by men (in modernity), deconstructed (in postmodernity) and reconstructed (in the liquid present). This book investigates the outlines of the patriarchy and why the men who legitimate it behave the way they do. Despite the troubled and troubling legacy of masculinity, Honeywill reveals an alternative path forward.


gender domestic violence masculinities rape modernity postmodernity genocide unearned privilege social intelligence Beauvoir Bauman morality postmodernism violence women

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-57648-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-55169-6
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