Conceptions of Postwar German Masculinity by Roy Jerome

By Roy Jerome

Examines masculinity in German tradition, society, and literature from 1945 to the current.

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37. , 245. 38. See Ute Frevert, Ehrenm¨anner. Das Duell in der b¨urgerliche Gesellschaft (M¨unchen: C. H. Beck, 1991). 39. , M¨annerbande-M¨annerb¨unde. Zur Rolle des Mannes im Kulturvergleich, 2 vols. (K¨oln: Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, 1990). 40. See Bernd Widdig, M¨annerb¨unde und Masse. Zur Krise m¨annlicher Identit¨at in der Literatur der Moderne (Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag, 1992). 41. V¨olger and von Welck, xxi. 42. , xxii. 43. Ibid. 44. Since 1991, Suhrkamp Verlag has edited the series Gender Studies.

The Ethnological Approach In general, sociology and psychology direct their inquiries toward the European (or North American) man, mostly of the urban-bourgeois type. In contrast, recent ethnological studies of images of masculinity work from a perspective that is both multicultural and historical. This is certainly true for Klaus E. M¨uller’s study, Die bessere und die schlechtere H¨alfte. 29 Even at this early stage one can see clearly how much the ethnological approach departs from the (bourgeois European) family orientation of gender sociology and social psychology.

It was scientifically (rational-enlightened) grounded and thus disciplined as a goal-oriented and organic-economic (lebens¨okonomisch) construct. Certain heroic deeds now appeared as irrationally wasteful, while others, such as work, were perceived as appropriate and purposeful. The bourgeois man was still considered a fighting hero only when fighting for the fatherland:57 30 Hard-Cold-Fast What an honor it is to be a German man, Thank the Lord I am a German man! 58 Consequently, bourgeois masculine identity became bound to the ideal of the family man.

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