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    STUDIA PSYCHOLOGIA-PAEDAGOGIA - Issue no. 1 / 2000  

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The aim of this article is to provide a critical review of the main perspectives and theories (biological analyses, psychoanalysis, role theories, social theories, cognitive theories, cultural studies and feminism) through which the topic of men and masculinity has been understood. This structure allows us to consider the relative adequacy of different theoretical perspectives through a series of contrasts and it also encourages a view of these theories as alternative approaches which make different assumptions. The article presents the psychological approach of male forms of identity and practice and explains why masculinity takes the particular shapes that it does.

KEY WORDS: masculinity, femininity, gender differences, social and psychological theories.

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