Beyond Machismo: Intersectional Latino Masculinities (Chicana Matters) (Paperback)
Long considered a pervasive value of Latino cultures both south and north of the US border, machismo—a hypermasculinity that obliterates any other possible influences on men’s attitudes and behavior—is still used to define Latino men and boys in the larger social narrative. Yet a closer look reveals young, educated Latino men who are going beyond machismo to a deeper understanding of women’s experiences and a commitment to ending gender oppression. This new Latino manhood is the subject of Beyond Machismo.
Applying and expanding the concept of intersectionality developed by Chicana feminists, Aída Hurtado and Mrinal Sinha explain how the influences of race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender shape Latinos’ views of manhood, masculinity, and gender issues in Latino communities and their acceptance or rejection of feminism. In particular, the authors show how encountering Chicana feminist writings in college, as well as witnessing the horrors of sexist oppression in the United States and Latin America, propels young Latino men to a feminist consciousness. By focusing on young, high-achieving Latinos, Beyond Machismo elucidates this social group’s internal diversity, thereby providing a more nuanced understanding of the processes by which Latino men can overcome structural obstacles, form coalitions across lines of difference, and contribute to movements for social justice.
About the Author
Aída Hurtado is a professor and Luis Leal Endowed Chair in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Mrinal Sinha is an assistant professor of psychology at California State University, Monterey Bay.
"I very much enjoyed reading Hurtado and Sinha's Beyond Machismo for both academic and personal reasons. I appreciate their attention to theory as well as the intersectional analyses presented throughout the book. Most of all, I appreciate the book's message that we, as scholars, should lead the charge in dismantling the chains of machismo that so often constrain young Latino men."
— Latino Studies
"A trailblazing analysis on the emergence of a new Latino manhood—one that is intersectional and feminist…This is the manner in which Hurtado and Sinha make a revolutionary contribution to the study of masculinities: that Latino feminist men exist."
— Men and Masculinity
"Beyond Machismo disrupts prevailing notions of Latino masculinites using a Chicana feminist Intersectional Theory to understand how educated Latino men develop a feminist consciousness and seek to dismantle patriarchy…We implore readers to converge on Hurtado and Sinha's intellectual glorieta and reconsider how their research, policy, and practices can help others think beyond machismo."
— International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education