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ERIC Number: EJ777010
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0742-1656
Contemplations on the Middle Man: Anima Rising
Franklin, Michael
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, v24 n1 p4-9 2007
There are many social, cultural, and biological factors that contribute to the construction of masculine identity. These factors are investigated in this article from the personal perspective of a male practitioner and educator with 25 years of experience in a field that is predominantly composed of women. An amalgamation of attributes necessary for success as a male art therapist is discussed from a new paradigm, defined and explained as a middle man perspective. A middle man is one who skillfully negotiates stereotypic androcentric notions of masculinity by incorporating into his self-structure a stance that confronts patriarchal oppression and cultural blind spots surrounding power and privilege so easily ignored by many western Caucasian men.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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