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The politics of vulnerable masculinity in couple therapy

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dc.contributor.author Smoliak, Olga
dc.contributor.author LaMarre, Andrea
dc.contributor.author Rice, Carla
dc.contributor.author Tseliou, Eleftheria
dc.contributor.author LeCouteur, Amanda
dc.contributor.author Myers, Madison
dc.contributor.author Vesely, Leslie
dc.contributor.author Briscoe, Cara
dc.contributor.author Addison, Maggie
dc.contributor.author Velikonja, Linnea
dc.date.accessioned 2022-05-02T20:03:13Z
dc.date.copyright 2021-06-23
dc.date.created 2022-05-02
dc.date.issued 2021-06-23
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1111/jmft.12530
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10214/26890
dc.description.abstract Couple therapy and related literature has problematized men's emotional inexpressiveness as constraining for men and as contributing to men's privileged and dominating position vis-à-vis women. Fostering men's emotionality in and outside of therapy has been proposed as a way to improve men's well-being and relationships and promote gender equality. Critical masculinity scholars have noted that many men now enact vulnerable (“softer”) and emotional forms of masculinity. Yet, there is lack of insight into how such enactment may intersect with gender inequality. This article presents a critical thematic analysis of 30 transcribed videotaped couple therapy sessions focusing on the performance of men's affective masculinities and the political dimensions of men's increasing emotionality within couple therapy. The study shows that vulnerable masculinities, although argued as bearing the potential to foster relational and social change, may also obscure continuing commitment to dominant masculinity norms. Implications for practice are discussed. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Wiley en_US
dc.subject clinical en_US
dc.subject couples en_US
dc.subject qualitative en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.title The politics of vulnerable masculinity in couple therapy en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.embargo 2023-06-23
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dcterms.relation Smoliak, O., LaMarre, A., Rice, C., LeCouteur, A., & Tseliou, E., Myers, M., Vesely, L., Briscoe, C., Addison, M., & Velikonja, L. (2021). The politics of vulnerable masculinity in couple therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. https://doi.org/10.1111/jmft.12530 en_US


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