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Discovering the Masculine Within: Voices of Masculinity and Manhood
by Aurasteh, Poorang, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2012, 89; 1507548
Abstract (Summary)

Over the past two decades there has been a decline in literature about men’s issues, masculinity, and manhood. The mythopoetic movement, which reached its peak in activity in the early 1990s, is now close to non-existent. Nevertheless, men in current Western society are still struggling with defining masculinity and understanding manhood. This thesis employs a phenomenological research method, which integrates scholarly research from the field of psychotherapy and clinical psychology, along with interviews conducted by the author with four men from the ages of 31 to 52. Chapter II explores literature in the field of psychotherapy and clinical psychology that covers the areas of men’s issues, masculinity, archetypal psychology, manhood, fatherhood, men’s anger, men’s violence, initiation, and rites of passage. Chapter III integrates interviews with four men that unravel the personal experiences of these men and their struggles with finding their own definition of masculinity.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Miller, Kathee
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Clinical psychology
Publication Number: 1507548
ISBN: 978-1-267-19326-1
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