This volume presents a series of illustrative and critical perspectives upon the developing study of men and masculinities and its importance for sociological theory. The contributions, by women and men from Britain and the United States, are organized around the unifying themes of Power and Domination; Sexuality; Identity and Perception. Feminism has raised profound questions for the social sciences, for sociological theory and for the study of men. The contributors to this volume discuss how such questions can be addressed. They demonstrate the range of theoretical traditions that can be brought to bear on the study of men, and underline the importance of understanding ‘masculinities’ in the plural. In a concluding section, three different views upon the controversy surrounding ‘Men’s Studies’ are presented.
1. Men, Masculinities and Social Theory Jeff Hearn and David H.J. Morgan Part 1. Power and Domination 2. Men, Power and the Exploitation of Women Jalna Hanmer 3. Patriarchy and Fratriarchy as Forms of Androcracy John Remy 4. Racism, Black Masculinity and the Politics of Space Sallie Westwood 5. Men’s Power in Organizations: ‘Equal Opportunities’ Intervenes Cynthia Cockburn Part 2. Sexualities 6. After Fifteen Years: the Impact of the Sociology of Masculinity on the Masculinity of Sociology Michael Kimmel 7. Beyond Sex and Gender: Masculinity, Homosexuality and Social Theory Tim Edwards 8. Pornography and the Alienation of Male Sexuality Harry Brod Part 3. Identity and Perception 9. The Significance of Gender Politics in Men’s Accounts of their ‘Gender Identity’ Alison Thomas 10. Masculinity, Identification, and Political Culture Barry Richards 11. Male Perception as Social Construct Leonard Duroche 12. Doing Masculinity / Doing Theory Wil Coleman Part 4. Commentaries 13. The Critique of Men Jeff Hearn and David H.J. Morgan 14. The New Men’s Studies: Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution? Joyce E. Canaan and Christine Griffin 15. Men, Feminism and Power Victor J. Seidler