Pascoe's ethnography will be of
immediate use as an accessible classroom text that vividly portrays teenaged
American boys grooming a precious and precarious masculinity. Harris's book
is a denser tome branching off from the Freudian tradition into a relational psychoanalysis
influenced by contemporary gender theory, cognitive psychology,
and philosophy to arrive at an original synthesis. Both books describe the formation
of gender in their participants with significant insight.