Author(s): Jock Phillips
Third prize winner in the 1988 Goodman Fielder Wattie Book Awards. A rugged practical bloke - fixes anything, strong and tough, keeps his emotions to himself, usually scornful of women. Yet at heart a decent person, loyal to his mates, provides well for the wife and kids... First published in 1987, this study by Jock Phillips of the Kiwi male stereotype quickly became a classic of its kind. Where did the stereotype come from? What truths does it hide? What is its cost? How has it changed? This provocative history quickly became popular for its penetrating reassessment of the Kiwi male and what makes him tick. In this revised and updated version Phillips has added fascinating new material on the changing nature of the stereotype in the past decade - a time of the Auckland Warriors, new understandings about the extent of domestic violence, and the emergence on a open gay culture.