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Feminist Perspectives on Teaching Masculinities

Learning Beyond Stereotypes, 1st Edition

Edited by Sveva Magaraggia, Gerlinde Mauerer, Marianne Schmidbaur


192 pages

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Feminist Perspectives on Teaching Masculinities looks at teaching non-hegemonic forms of masculinities and highlights their diversity. The collection foregrounds and discusses concepts which are described and gathered as positive, caring, and inclusive masculinities, thus offering a timely and much-needed counterpoint to discussions of so-called toxic masculinity.

The volume presents a wide range of theoretical reflections, case studies, and teaching resources for lecturers in higher education and practitioners in the fields of gender studies, pedagogy, and education. Its heterogeneity is based on an interdisciplinary approach, methodological variety, cross-cultural spectrum, and empirical richness, reflected in various contributions from Europe, Africa, US, and Asia. The international scope of the book and its transnational perspective is valuable in broadening perspectives on teaching masculinities. The presentation and discussion of national and local programs and campaigns promoting teaching practices on masculinities and gender provide further valuable insights into learning beyond stereotypes and realizing new concepts of masculinities.

By presenting alternative performances of masculinities and fostering masculinities studies which are oriented towards gender equality and/or going beyond gender norms, Feminist Perspectives on Teaching Masculinities offers a strong response to the backlashes against feminism and gender studies from rising nationalism coupled with hegemonic masculinities.

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables

List of contributors



Sveva Magaraggia, Gerlinde Mauerer, and Marianne Schmidbaur

PART I: Higher Education

Chapter 1 The Power of Feminist Pedagogy in Challenging "Learnification" and the

Neoliberal Ethos

Kristiina Brunila

Chapter 2 The Queer Researcher: Challenging Homonormativity in Research and

Educational Settings

Marco Bacio and Cirus Rinaldi

Chapter 3 "Grandpa is Doing Okay": Teaching Studies on Aging Men and Masculinities

In Educational Sciences

Miranda Leontowitsch

PART II: New Caring Perspectives

Chapter 4 Caring Masculinities in Action: Teaching Beyond and Against the

Gender-Segregated Labor Market

Elli Scambor, Daniela Jauk, Marc Gärtner and Erika Bernacchi


Chapter 5 Decision-Making in a Poster Competition on Caring Fathers in Austria:

Gender Theoretical Reflections on Prize-winning Posters and Media Images

Gerlinde Mauerer


Chapter 6 Communist Discourse on Fatherhood: Historical and Documentary Analyses

Of Chinese Magazines from 1949-1966

Tingting Tan

PART III: Anti-Violence. Gender Transformative - Work with Men and Boys

Chapter 7 Beyond the Civilizing Mission: Contradictions and Potentials of

Gender-Transformative Work with Male Refugees

Paul Scheibelhofer and Philipp Leeb

Chapter 8 Deploying Tradition: Harnessing Positive Aspects of Southern African

Tradition to Dismantle Toxic Masculinity and Hegemony in Swaziland

John Warner and Tom Churchyard

Chapter 9 Transforming Gender Norms in Rakai, Uganda: Involving Men and Boys in

Intimate Partner Violence Prevention

Erika Bonnevie and Jennifer A. Wagman

EpilogueUndoing the Crisis of Masculinities: Analyzing Social Change from a

Feminist Perspective

Mélanie Gourarier


About the Editors

Sveva Magaraggia is Lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Social Research of the University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy. Research and teaching interests include sociology of culture, women’s studies, and qualitative research methods. She has been awarded with the Endeavour Scholarship (2012) and has conducted extensive research on fatherhood and masculinities, and on gender-based violence.

Gerlinde Mauerer is Lecturer at the Institute of Sociology and University of Applied Sciences, Campus Vienna, and is also a freelance senior scientist. Research and teaching interests include masculinities and men’s health, empirical studies on fathers’ parental leave, and part-time work. Further research focuses are gender studies, sociology of health and illness, and feminist theories. In 2016 she was Visiting Fellow at the Department of Sociology, University of York, UK.

Marianne Schmidbaur is Scientific Manager of the Cornelia Goethe Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at the Goethe-University Frankfurt and member of the ATGENDER board. Research and teaching interests include feminist theory, social movements, higher education, and social policy/care. She is coordinator of the BA and the PhD program in Gender Studies at the Goethe-University and was co-editor of a textbook series on gender studies.

About the Series

Teaching with Gender

The series is a collection which has a long standing tradition of publications of theoretical reflections and case studies that address the pedagogical, conceptual and political dimensions of teaching and learning about gender. First linked to its predecessor, the ATHENA network, the Teaching with Gender book series is now coordinated by ATGENDER - the European Association for Gender Research, Education and Documentation. A wide range of international scholars have contributed to the edited volumes in this series, offering teaching tools and seminar exercises that give students and teachers valuable sources for the teaching and studying of gender and sexuality.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies