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Men and Masculinity: The Basics

1st Edition

By Nigel Edley


186 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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Men and Masculinity: The Basics is an accessible introduction to the academic study of masculinity which outlines the key ideas and most pressing issues concerning the field today. Providing readers with a framework for understanding these issues, it explores the ways that masculinity has been understood in the Social Sciences and Humanities to date. Addressing theories which view masculinity as being in a permanent state of flux and crisis, it explores such problem areas as:

  • the male body
  • men and work
  • men and fatherhood
  • male sexuality
  • male violence.

With a glossary of key terms, case studies reflecting the most important studies in the field of masculinity research and suggestions for further study, Men and Masculinity: The Basics is an essential read for anyone approaching the study of masculinity for the first time.


Nigel Edley is a leading scholar of masculinities. Here he brings together his insights from 25 years of man-watching in a compelling book that provides an excellent introduction to the field. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to understand men and masculinity today.

Rosalind Gill, Professor of Cultural and Social Analysis, City, University of London

Men and Masculinity: The Basics is a great read – superbly connecting academia to everyday life. Edley takes us skillfully through a wealth of cases, research reports and anecdotes, opening sites of tremendous controversy and contention, leaving us with a deeper understanding – and even some optimism for cultural change. - Michael Bamberg, Professor of Psychology, Clark University

Table of Contents


Part 1

1. Man-watching

2. Coming to terms with men and masculinity

Part 2

3. The male body

4. Men and work

5. Men and fatherhood

6. Male sexuality

7. Male violence



About the Author

Nigel Edley is a senior lecturer in social psychology at Nottingham Trent University, UK. He has published extensively in the field of masculinity studies, including Men in Perspective: Practice, Power and Identity (with Margaret Wetherell).

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

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