Preface and acknowledgements

As men have been challenged by the theories and practices of feminism in the ways that we have grown up to think and feel in relationships, so we have also been encouraged to ask new questions of our prevailing traditions of philosophy and social theory. It has taken time to identify the ways our identities as men have been shaped by particular histories, cultures and traditions. We have become so accustomed to being able to talk on behalf of others and to legislate what would be for the best that we have rarely acknowledged how difficult it is for us to talk more personally. If anything, this reflects something ‘personal’ or ‘psychological’ rather than revealing anything more significant about the relationship ...

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