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Little Big Men

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Little Big Men: body building and gender construction by Alan Klein. Published by University of New York (SUNY) 1993. Paperback. In very good condition

Little Big Men is a study of competitive body-builders on the West Coast that examines the subculture from the perspective of body-builders'' everyday activities. It offers fascinating descriptions and insightful analogies of an important and understudied subculture that has risen to widespread popularity in today's mass culture. Alan Klein conducted his field study of body-building in some of the world's best-known gyms. In studying the social and political relations of body-building competitors, Klein explores not only gym dynamics but also the internal and external pressures body-builders face. Central to his examination is the critique of masculinity. Through his study of "hustling" among body-builders, Klein is able to construct a social-psychological male configuration that includes narcissism, homophobia, hyper masculinity, and fascism. Because they exist as exaggerations, these body-builder traits come to represent one end of the continuum of modern masculinity, what Klein terms comic-book masculinity. This study is a rare foray into the critique of contemporary American macho.

Item details

Author(s):
Klein A
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
22X141.5CM
Edition:
1993 EDITION
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0791415600
ISBN-13:
9780791415603
Number of pages:
326
Publisher:
SUNY Press
Title:
Little Big Men

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Little Big Men: body building and gender construction by Alan Klein. Published by University of New York (SUNY) 1993. Paperback. In very good condition

Little Big Men is a study of competitive body-builders on the West Coast that examines the subculture from the perspective of body-builders'' everyday activities. It offers fascinating descriptions and insightful analogies of an important and understudied subculture that has risen to widespread popularity in today's mass culture. Alan Klein conducted his field study of body-building in some of the world's best-known gyms. In studying the social and political relations of body-building competitors, Klein explores not only gym dynamics but also the internal and external pressures body-builders face. Central to his examination is the critique of masculinity. Through his study of "hustling" among body-builders, Klein is able to construct a social-psychological male configuration that includes narcissism, homophobia, hyper masculinity, and fascism. Because they exist as exaggerations, these body-builder traits come to represent one end of the continuum of modern masculinity, what Klein terms comic-book masculinity. This study is a rare foray into the critique of contemporary American macho.

Author(s):
Klein A
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
22X141.5CM
Edition:
1993 EDITION
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0791415600
ISBN-13:
9780791415603
Number of pages:
326
Publisher:
SUNY Press
Title:
Little Big Men

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