Tuesday, January 7th, 2003, 8:00 PM

MASCULINITY REVISITED: A SELF-DECONSTRUCTION

author: John Munder Ross, Ph.D.
discussant: James M. Herzog, M.D.

It is now about ten years since the author last wrote about men and collected his contributions on the subject over the course of two decades -- What Men Want (Harvard, 1994). In an effort to understand why we psychoanalysts choose to believe what we do at any given time, this paper will now revisit and deconstruct his earlier research and conceptual reflections on male development. A retrospective of this sort -- acknowledging the politics of theory and the personal prejudices that haveconstrained oneís own thinking -- is a painful undertaking. However, examinations of our individual and collective psychoanalytic pasts are essential to the viability of our field's future.