Matthew Gutmann

Matthew Gutmann
Brown University · Department of Anthropology

PhD, MPH

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August 1997 - present
Brown University
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An anthropological approach is needed to counter a rising chorus of biobabble about masculinities, maleness, and violence. Anthropological lenses enable us to examine what we know and what we do not know about issues like testosterone, male primate aggression, and “pink and blue” brains and their relation to masculinities. Pseudoscientific concepts...
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Evaluating the males of different species side by side can be enlightening. And it is often entertaining. But we need to be especially careful when we make these comparisons today, because they can easily lead us into naturalizing human male sexual and aggressive behavior, ignoring variation, and ultimately letting men off the hook for their behavi...
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Latin America is home to emerging global powers such as Brazil and Mexico and has important links to other titans including China, India, and Africa. Global Latin America examines a range of historical events and cultural forms in Latin America that continue to influence peoples' lives far outside the region. Its innovative essays, interviews, and...
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Nowhere on earth do men participate in contraception in larger numbers than do women. As highly effective forms of contraception for women have become widely available throughout the world, and as women became the crucial target of planned parenthood campaigns in the last several decades, decisions about birth control have increasing occurred in a...
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Even a cursory review of cross-cultural studies of men and masculinities could result in the depressing conclusion that men are dominant in most if not all societal spheres in most societies today and historically, and therefore that there must be something essentially human (and even more fundamentally, something biological) about unequal gender r...
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Victor M.Macías-González and AnneRubenstein (eds.), Masculinity and Sexuality in Modern Mexico (Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 2012), pp. xii+280, $31.95, pb. - Volume 45 Issue 4 - MATTHEW GUTMANN
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In this interview, anthropologist Matthew Gutmann discusses gender violence, especially with respect to antiwar veterans of the Iraq War, and the image they had to face of themselves as invaders and occupiers of a foreign land. The veterans developed a strong allegiance with civilians in Iraq, as they were facing the brunt of the war's terrors.
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This essay offers a critique of the theories of everyday forms of resistance, and a new analysis of the term agency as used in the previous two decades in scholarly writing, for instance, with regard to social movements. Agency often stands in contrast to culpability and as such has been a useful concept in challenging determinist thinking, giving...
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Breaking Ranks brings a new and deeply personal perspective to the war in Iraq by looking into the lives of six veterans who turned against the war they helped to fight. Based on extensive interviews with each of the six, the book relates why they enlisted, their experiences in training and in early missions, their tours of combat, and what has hap...
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Resumen Este artículo presenta los resultados preliminares de un estudio etnográfico sobre salud reproductiva y sexualidad masculina llevado a cabo en Oaxaca de Juárez, México. Se centra en la decisión de usar métodos anticonceptivos como la vasectomía. Demuestra la forma en que las nociones de salud y sexualidad compartidas por los grupos masculin...
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A noção de apetites, ímpetos e impulsos sexuais tem sido constantemente desafiada e explorada em uma sofisticada literatura feminina sobre as sexualidades das mulheres. Se apesar disso, porém, com Simone de Beauvoir desvendamos (ou começamos a esconder) a questão do destino do corpo da mulher ao longo dos últimos 50 anos, por que então o mito do de...
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The notion of innate female sex drives, urges, and impulses has been repeatedly challenged and explored in a sophisticated feminist literature on women's sexualities. Yet if, with Simone de Beauvoir, we settled (or began to unsettle) the matter of women's bodily destiny over 50 years ago, why is the myth of men's sexual destiny still so pervasive i...
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The French philosopher Simone de Beauvoir writes in The Second Sex that “biological facts [provide] one of the keys to the understanding of woman.” Yet, she quickly adds, “I deny that they establish for her a fixed and inevitable destiny” (1970 [1949]:29). This revolutionary thesis that detached female bodies from female destinies has been a corner...
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Many US soldiers who return home from Iraq have or will develop crippling psychological problems — by one estimate, fully 40 percent of combat veterans. Among the most common diagnoses given them is Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), an affliction resulting from exposure to traumatic events that, according to the American Psychiatric Associatio...
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Systematic patterns of sexual exploitation and abuse have emerged around UN peacekeeping missions over the course of many years. These include, most egregiously, peacekeepers’ exchange of UN food supplies or money for sex with young girls and sometimes boys as well as sexual assault. This paper examines the cultural and political economic roots of...
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South of the BorderAngela's Big FeetPrefab Curtains and Japanese MelonsAnti Americanism and NAFTANation Building and the Third MillenniumNational SovereigntyAngela's Oil
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Perspectives on Las Américas: A Reader in Culture, History, and Representation charts new territory by demonstrating the limits of neatly demarcating the regions of 'Latin America' and the 'United States'. This landmark volume presents key readings that collectively examine the historical, cultural, economic, and political integration of Latina/os...
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This paper examines the correlation between migration to the United States from Mexico, ethnicity, and changing gender relations among Mexicans on both sides of the international border. For example, the idea that Mexican society is homogenous and static, and therefore that only when they arrive in the United States do men and women from Mexico con...
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Most studies on reproductive rights make women their focus, but in Fixing Men, Matthew Gutmann illuminates what men in the Mexican state of Oaxaca say and do about contraception, sex, and AIDS. Based on extensive fieldwork, this breakthrough study by a preeminent anthropologist of men and masculinities reveals how these men and the women in their l...
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The English version of this paper can be found at http://ssrn.com/abstract=2293658This review essay examines areas of research that have been developed in the study of masculinity in Latin America, some of the most promising have focused on questions of family divisions of labor, parenting, and housework; homosociality in friendship and social spac...
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In this compelling study of machismo in Mexico City, Matthew Gutmann overturns many stereotypes of male culture in Mexico and offers a sensitive and often surprising look at how Mexican men see themselves, parent their children, relate to women, and talk about sex. This tenth anniversary edition features a new preface that updates the stories of th...
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This paper discusses research on men's reproductive health and sexuality in Oaxaca, Mexico, and specifically why some men there choose to be sterilized. Men who opt for vasectomies do so after considering numerous cultural, historical, physiological, commercial, and other concerns. Men and women in Oaxaca negotiate certain cultural folk beliefs abo...
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El presente trabajo explora la salud sexual adolescente en Oaxaca. Basado en un trabajo de campo etnográfico que se ha venido realizando desde el año 2001 sobre las sexualidades adolescentes, examina los sentidos de la iniciación sexual, las creencias tanto populares como biomédicas asociadas con la distinción entre sexualidades masculinas y femeni...
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La versión española de este artículo se puede encontrar en: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2293724This review essay examines areas of research that have been developed in the study of masculinity in Latin America, some of the most promising have focused on questions of family divisions of labor, parenting, and housework; homosociality in friendship and s...
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This article examines the correlation between migration to the United States from Mexico, ethnicity, and changing gender relations among Mexicans on both sides of the international border. For example, the idea that Mexican society is homogenous and static, and therefore that only when they arrive in the United States do men and women from Mexico c...
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This paper examines the correlation between migration to the United States from Mexico, ethnicity, and changing gender relations among Mexicans on both sides of the international border. For example, the idea that Mexican society is homogenous and static, and therefore that only when they arrive in the United States do men and women from Mexico con...
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▪ Abstract Anthropology has always involved men talking to men about men, yet until fairly recently very few within the discipline had truly examined men as men. This chapter explores how anthropologists understand, utilize, and debate the category of masculinity by reviewing recent examinations of men as engendered and engendering subjects. Beginn...
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The Americas 60.2 (2003) 275-276 Rosario Montoya, Lessie Jo Frazier, and Janise Hurtig have compiled a sophisticated, nuanced, and thoroughly grounded collection of essays on gender that draws on ethnographic, historical, and theoretical work being done by some of the leading scholars of gender in Latin America, both young and less so. Bookended by...
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The Americas 60.1 (2003) 145-147 Discontent with neoliberalism is unremarkable among liberal scholars of Latin America today. What Gareth Williams tries to do in this cultural studies volume is reject the very framework of liberal opposition to neoliberalism. He implores us to think outside the box of imprudent pluralisms and bland democratization...
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Insofar as gender is still so often equated with women alone, the move from Women in Development to Gender in Development has changed very little. Men as a human category have always been present, involved, consulted, obeyed and disobeyed in development work. Yet men as a gendered category in a feminist sense – involving unequal power relations bet...
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Insofar as gender is still so often equated with women alone, the move from Women in Development to Gender in Development has changed very little. Men as a human category have always been present, involved, consulted, obeyed and disobeyed in development work. Yet men as a gendered category in a feminist sense - involving unequal power relations bet...
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This article is based on the ethnographic study of a popular area of the town of Mexico, the colonia Santo Domingo, founded thirty years ago by ‘invadors’. In using the example of the presidential elections in Mexico in 1988, 1994 and 2000, we observe that in Santa Domingo over the last twenty years, men and women have envisaged the elections and t...
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The study of men-as-men shows that there has been no groundswell demand by men to study themselves; on the contrary, the study of men and masculinities has arisen with the feminist movements, the gay and lesbian movements, and because of their demands to transform gender inequalities in all their cultural, social, economic, and political aspects. T...
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In the working class neighborhood of Santo Domingo, Mexico City, infants and, even more, toddlers are said to suffer from mamitis, mommy-itis, when they are physically separated for too long from their mothers. Mamitis affects children when they are held by others with their mothers nowhere to be seen, as well as when their mothers are in plain vie...
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This paper explores recent forms of Mexican popular nationalism in the wake of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Drawing on ethnographic research in a colonia popular of Mexico City, I maintain that analyses of nationalism and class, including within critical theory, should reexamine cultural questions pertaining to national sovereignty with...
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GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 6.1 (2000) 125-128 Lila's House: Male Prostitution in Latin America Jacobo Schifter Translated by Irene Artavia Fernández and Sharon Mulheren New York: Haworth, 1998. xi + 132 pp. $39.95 cloth, $12.95 paper Mema's House, Mexico City: On Transvestites, Queens, and Machos Annick Prieur Chicago: University of...
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The Cassowary's Revenge: The Life and Death of Masculinity in. New Guinea Society. Donald Tuzin. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997. xiii. 256 pp., figures, notes, references, index.
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In the social and behavioral sciences there is a strong correlation alleged between alcohol abuse and ethnonational origins. Changes in drinking patterns and problem drinking among immigrants to the United States are often mistakenly attributed to acculturation, just as the etiology of alcohol abuse and alcoholism is often erroneously traced to the...
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There is nothing inherently new, of course, about the study of men in archaeology. For example, in his important history of the creation of modern European masculinity George Mosse (The Image of Man, Oxford, 1996) describes one objective of eighteenth-century archaeologists as entailing the rediscovery of ancient Greek sculpture. Among other things...
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■ This article explores recent forms of Mexican popular nationalism in the wake of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Drawing on ethno graphic research in a colonia popular of Mexico City, I maintain that analyses of nationalism and class, including within critical theory, should re-examine cul tural questions pertaining to national sovereign...
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A antropologia sempre foi uma questão de homens falando com homens sobre homens. Apenas recentemente, alguns poucos antropólogos começaram a estudar homens enquanto homens. Este artigo considera como estes antropólogos entendem, usam e discutem a categoria de masculinidade em análises recentes. Iniciamos com a descrição de quatro maneiras distintas...
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This paper explores recent forms of Mexican popular nationalism in the wake of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Drawing on ethnographic research in a colonia popular of Mexico City, I maintain that analyses of nationalism and class, including within critical theory, should reexamine cultural questions pertaining to national sovereignty with...

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