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Masculinity as a Project: Some Psychoanalytic Reflections
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
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2015 (Polish)In: Teksty drugie, ISSN 0867-0633, no 2, 381-407 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [pl]

In this article Karlsson discusses the question of phallic masculinity from a subjective perspective, more specifically from a psychoanalytic perspective supplemented with phenomenological reflections. A vantage point for this discussion is the distinction between sex/being a male and gender/masculinity. The focus is on the boy's/man's striving for a phallic masculine identity a striving that can be described in terms of a 'project'. The term 'project' indicates that phallic masculinity is a striving for a possibility that is not yet realized and will never be realized, since it essentially entails a denial of our existential conditions such as our vulnerability, transience and dependence. The psychoanalyst Wilfred Bion conceives of phallic masculinity as a repudiation of the feminine/motherly containment. The phallic masculine project has alienating consequences, but an escape form this trap is possible only through a phenomenological revision of masculinity a revision that leads from transcendence to immanence.

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2015. no 2, 381-407 p.
Keyword [en]
phallic masculinity, masculinity, gender, psychoanalysis, phenomenology, transcendence, immanence, phallocentrism
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Psychology Languages and Literature
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-129979ISI: 000372665300020OAI: diva2:926571
Available from: 2016-05-09 Created: 2016-05-09 Last updated: 2016-05-09Bibliographically approved

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