1st Edition

Global Masculinities Interrogations and Reconstructions

    264 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    264 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    264 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    What does it mean to be male in today’s world?

    This volume interrogates the myriad practices and myth-making that underlie dominant and subordinate constructions of masculinities around the world. Challenging the patriarchal bias that restricts alternative understanding of masculinities, this volume documents and shares evidence, insights and direction on how men and boys can creatively contribute to gender equality in the twenty-first century.

    The book:

    • highlights the many lives of men and their interactions with socioeconomic and political processes, including the family, fatherhood, migration, development and violence;

    • critiques hegemonic masculinities, and grapples with effective practices that engage men in the empowerment of women;

    • explores how cultures of masculinity can be transformed to promote social justice, conflict-resolution and peace-building within and across nations

    The book will be indispensable to researchers interested in critical masculinity studies, women’s studies, sociology, social anthropology, law, public policy, political science and international relations. It will also be of great relevance to government officials, NGO activists, and other practitioners concerned with gender, health and development issues.

    Lists of figures

    List of tables

    List of contributors

    Foreword by Raewyn Connell

    Foreword by Abhijit Das

    Preface by Rimjhim Jain


    Introduction by Mangesh Kulkarni


    1. Making Men: The Cultural Politics of Male Initiation Rites in South Africa

    Nolwazi Mkhwanazi

    2. Social Norms, Social Structure and Law in Nepal: Patriarchy, Violence against Women and the Three Headed Hydra

    Sanjeev Uprety

    3.Transforming Masculinities as a Contribution to Conflict Prevention?

    Hannah Wright

    4. Masculinity and Violence against Women: Exploring the Practices of Young Men in Bangladesh

    Shashish Shami Kamal

    5. Beyond Male Role Models: Gender Identities and Work with Young Men in the UK

    Sandy Ruxton, Martin Robb, Brid Featherstone, Michael R.M Ward

    6. Can Recent Research in Interpersonal Neurobiology and Solution-Focused Therapies Help Us Move Beyond Gender-Based Violence?

    Baron Oron and Alice Welbourn

    7. Masculinities, Faith and Ending Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Great Lakes Region

    Prabu Deepan and Lizle Loots

    8. Engaging Men in Ending Men’s Violence against Women: Beyond the Mantras and Towards More Effective Practice

    Michael Flood

    9. Involving Men in Sharing the Contraceptive Burden: Experiences from a Community Intervention with Men in Madhya Pradesh, India

    Sana Contractor, Shreeti Shakya, Satish Kumar Singh, Mahendra Kumar

    10. The Role of Male Dais (Huarku) in Childbirth in a Tribal Block in Nandurbar District of Maharashtra State (India)

    Sneha Baldeo Makkad and Dr Mira Sadgopal

    11. Opportunities and Challenges for Promoting New Concepts of Fatherhood in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Srđan Dušanić

    12. Migrating Males and Gender Role Exchange: A Study on How Indonesian Males Perceive Their Masculinities through Caregiving Activities

    Valentina Yulita Dyah Utari

    13. A Brazilian Policy Toward Men’s Health, Fatherhood and Care, and Gender Equity

    Eduardo Schwarz and Daniel Costa Lima




    Mangesh Kulkarni teaches political science at Savitribai Phule Pune University, India, and has been an ICCR Chair Professor at universities in Vienna (2011) and Leipzig (2017). His publications include three edited volumes –Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Political Theory (2011), India in World Affairs (1999), Politics in Maharashtra (1995) – and A Terrorist of the Spirit (1992) – jointly translated Marathi poems of V. A. Dahake. He is an International Advisory Editor of the journal Men and Masculinities (New York), and a Founder Member of the Forum to Engage Men (New Delhi). He has received several academic awards including a Research Grant of the Rockefeller Archive Center (2004) and an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship of the European Commission (2009).

    Rimjhim Jain is a gender rights activist working with the Centre for Health and Social Justice, New Delhi, India. As Programme Manager in the men and gender equality team, she coordinates networks and projects for working with men in several Indian states. She is leading the rollout of the national campaign EkSaath to engage men and boys in changing gender discriminatory social norms, and manages the organisation's Resource Centre on masculinities and gender aimed at strengthening a global community of men’s work practitioners. Earlier, she was a professional television and print news journalist and then a communications consultant in the social development sector. She has also co-authored media manuals for UN organisations on HIV/AIDS and child labour.

    "The collection is part of a recent upsurge of interest in global research on masculinity, closely linked with the spread of activism for gender reform. It brings together a very wide range of experiences including communities and groups from Africa, south and south-east Asia, south America, southern and northern Europe."Raewyn Connell, Professor Emerita, University of Sydney, Australia

    "This important collection provides a genuinely global take on masculinities and their effect on social life. The combination of contributions by both academics and practitioners significantly serves to engender an approach to real-world problems that is neither abstract theorizing nor simplistic description." — Sanjay Srivastava, Professor of Sociology, Institute of Economic Growth, University of Delhi, India