Heroes, Metanarratives, and the Paradox of Masculinity in Contemporary Western Culture

@article{Boon2005HeroesMA,
  title={Heroes, Metanarratives, and the Paradox of Masculinity in Contemporary Western Culture},
  author={Kevin Alexander Boon},
  journal={The Journal of Men's Studies},
  year={2005},
  volume={13},
  pages={301 - 312}
}
  • K. Boon
  • Published 2005
  • Sociology
  • The Journal of Men's Studies
The mythic figuration of the hero thrives in contemporary American culture, functioning as both an unattainable ideal against which contemporary masculinity is measured and a mythic means of assuring survival. This figuration places contemporary men in a double bind, or paradox, which offers two alternatives: (1) reject traditional definitions of masculine behavior and risk being labeled by culture as less than a man, or (2) embrace the testosterone-based behaviors that define the hero figure… Expand
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