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Dislocating Masculinity

Comparative Ethnographies, 2nd Edition

Edited by Andrea Cornwall, Nancy Lindisfarne


226 pages

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Originally published in 1994, and now a feminist classic, Dislocating Masculinity offers a penetrating critique of writing on and by men. Bringing together anthropologists, sociologists, linguists and historians, it raises important comparative questions about how gender operates, addressing issues of embodiment, agency, gender inequality and the variety of masculine styles.


More than twenty years after its first edition, this book brings reflections that are still relevant in the contemporary context. Essential reading for all those who are interested in learning more about men and their masculinities. - Marcos Nascimento, Men Engage Network and Instituto Fernandes Figueira, Fiocruz, Brazil

Dislocating Masculinity was a landmark publication that contributed to a then small, but growing, body of scholarship on men and masculinities. This new edition is needed now more than ever in our deeply divided times. Dislocating Masculinities will once again inspire scholars to think carefully and critically about the diversity of men and masculinities. - Jonathan Allan, Canada Research Chair in Queer Theory and Associate Professor in Gender and Women’s Studies and English and Creative Writing at Brandon University, Canada

The publication of Dislocating Masculinity opened an entirely novel field of anthropological enquiry, and this edited collection continues to set the intellectual agenda for the cross-cultural exploration and theorization of gender relations. - Filippo Osella, Professor of Anthropology and South Asian Studies, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex

Dislocating Masculinity is a ground-breakinginterrogation of the social practices and categories of men and masculinities, highlighting their diverse, shifting, and contingent organisation and meaning through both insightful analysis and rich case studies. – Dr Michael Flood, Associate Professor in Sociology and an ARC Future Fellow (2015 - 2018), Wollongong University, Australia

Excellent … It is sure to arouse a good deal of interest, particularly in the new men's studies field, as well as the established one of women's/gender studies - Pat Caplan, University of London

A timely volume with an important introduction by the editors which will set the terms of the debate on issues of men and masculinity for some time to come. -Sherry B. Ortner, University of Michigan

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, (Andrea Cornwall & Nancy Lindisfarne)

2. Dislocating Masculinity: Gender, Power and Anthropology, (Andrea Cornwall & Nancy Lindisfarne)

2 Missing Masculinity? Prostitutes’ Clients in Alicante, Spain, (Angie Hart)

3. A Broken Mirror: Masculine Sexuality in Greek Ethnography, (Peter Loizos)

4. Variant Masculinities, Variant Virginities: Rethinking ‘Honour 82and Shame’, (Nancy Lindisfarne)

5. ‘We’re here, we’re queer, and we’re not going shopping’: Changing Gay Male Identities in Contemporary Britain, (David Forrest)

6. Gendered Identities and Gender Ambiguity Among Travestis in Salvador, Brazil, (Andrea Cornwall)

7. Pandora Unbound: A Feminist Critique of Foucault’s History of Sexuality, (Lin Foxhall)

8. Men don’t go to the Moon: Language, Space and Masculinities in Zimbabwe, (Chenjerai Shire)

9. An Economy of Affect: Objectivity, Masculinity and the Gendering of Police Work, (Bonnie McElhinny)

10. The ‘White Negro’ Revisited: Race and Masculinities in South London, (Les Back)

11 ‘Real True Boys’: Moulding the Cadets of Imperialism, (Helen Kanitkar)

12. The Paradoxes of Masculinity: Some Thoughts on Segregated Societies, (Deniz Kandiyoti)

About the Editors

Andrea Cornwall is Professor of Anthropology and International Development in the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex.

Nancy Lindisfarne long taught Anthropology at SOAS, University of London and is now a visual artist and blogger on sexism, class and violence.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General