unit six
Mythologizing Manhood: Masculinity & Culture



cultural artifact: hollywood western film (Shane); sports

CASE STUDY: sports and the socialization of boys & men

reading assignment:

  • will wright, "the structure of myth and the structure of the western film," in cultural theory & popular culture (ELECTRONIC RESERVE)
  • The Theory Toolbox, "Ideology" Chapter 6

in class screening:

Tough Guise
  • shane, Dir. George Stevens (part 2)


at the end of this unit you should be able to define these key terms:

  • Hegemonic Masculinity

additional resources:

professor's outline & study guide for will wright

case study guidelines for student presentations

Student Class Notes pt 1 [analysis of western film: shane] (c) Joseph Varrisco]
Student Class Notes pt 2 [hegemonic masculinity(c) Joseph Varrisco]

external links:

online study guide for tough guise (html)

jackson katz homepage

shane links at the imdb

center for the study of sport & society