1st Edition

Posthumanism and the Man Question Beyond Anthropocentric Masculinities

Edited By Ulf Mellström, Bob Pease Copyright 2023
    260 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    260 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book brings together the emerging insights of what posthumanism, new materialism and affect theory mean for ‘the man question’. The contributors to this book interrogate the question of how ‘Man’ as a gendered being is entangled with nature, culture, materiality and corporeality, and they explore ways to unsettle men’s sense of sovereignty to decentre anthropocentric masculinity.

    Men have to move from the centre of privilege which grants them supremacy before they can open themselves to the decentred, embodied, affective, vulnerable and relational self that is necessary to embrace the posthuman. This book explores the extent to which this is possible.

    The book will be of interest to academics, students and scholars across a range of disciplines who are engaging with the intersections of feminist studies with posthumanism and new materialism, especially as they relate to critical studies of men and masculinities. Chapters on fathering, pornography, ageing, affect, embodiment, entanglements with technology and nature and the implications of these issues for changing men and masculinities and the politics of critical masculinity studies’ engagement with posthuman feminisms will interest students and academics across these diverse disciplines.

    1. Introduction: Posthumanism and the Man Question

    Bob Pease and Ulf Mellström

    Part I

    Masculinities and Affect: Transgressing the Gendered Emotion Regime

    2. The Affective Appeal of Nature for Masculinist Movements

    Sam de Boise

    3. Masculinities Taking Shape: Affect, Posthumanism, Forms

    Terrance H. McDonald

    4. Around and Around: Affective Masculinity in Circulation

    Todd W. Reeser

    5. Unsettling Masculinities Through Affect: Philip Roth’s Everyman and The Nemesis of Old Age

    Esther Zaplana

    Part II

    Anthropocentric Masculinities and Entanglements with Bodies, Nature and Technology

    6. Boys’ Brains on Porn: Affect, Addiction and Cerebral Subjectivity

    Lucas Gottzén

    7. "Confront[ing] the Suspicion" and "Embodied Embedded": New Materialism, Relational Ontologies, and Fathering Bodies

    Andrea Doucet

    8. Challenging Patriarchal, Colonial Patronage in Anthropocentric Engagements with ‘Nature Conservation’: Narratives of White Male Game Rangers in Southern Africa

    Tamara Shefer, Ida Sabelis and Harry Wels

    9. Emancipation, Connections and Vulnerabilities Among Bodaboda Men in Kampala: New Materialist Perspectives on the Effects of Infrastructural Limits

    Caroline Wamala-Larsson and Jennie Olofsson

    10. Destabilising Male Privilege: Explorations of the Posthuman in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) and Jeannette Winterson’s Frankisstein (2019)

    Teresa Requena-Pelegrí and Gemma López-Sanchez

    Part III

    Conversations Between Critical Studies of Men and Masculinities and Feminist Engagements with Posthumanism

    11. Embrace or Engagement:? Critical Studies of Men and Masculinities and Feminist Posthumanism/New Materialism

    Chris Beasley

    12. Materialism, New Materialisms and Critical Studies of Men and Masculinities: Looking Back and Looking Forward, Relationally

    Jeff Hearn

    13. Are Posthumanism and Relational Ontologies Necessarily Emancipatory for Masculinity Studies?

    Ulf Mellström

    Part IV

    Posthuman and New Materialist Ontologies of Becoming for Men

    14. Towards Non-Sovereign Masculinities: Complexity, Nature, and New Materialisms

    Steve Garlick

    15. Under Construction: Masculinities as a Continuous Process of Assembly and Renovation

    Ryan Coulling

    16. Postgender Ecological Futures: From Ecological Feminisms and Ecological Masculinities to Queered Posthuman Subjectivities

    Paul M. Pulé and Asmae Ourkiya

    17. Men Becoming Otherwise: Lines of Flight from ‘Man’ and Majoritarian Masculinity

    Bob Pease


    Greta Gaard


    Ulf Mellström is an anthropologist and Professor of Gender Studies at Karlstad University, Sweden. He has published extensively within the areas of masculinity studies, transport and mobility studies, gender and technology, gender, risk and crisis management, engineering studies, globalisation and higher education and South East Asian Studies with a particular focus on Malaysia. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of one of the leading journals dedicated to studies of Men and Masculinities – NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies. His recent book publications include (Forstorp and Mellström, 2018) Higher Education, Globalisation and Eduscapes: Towards a Critical Anthropology of a Global Knowledge Society and (Gottzén, Mellström and Shefer, 2020) Routledge International Handbook of Masculinity Studies.

    Bob Pease is Honorary Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University and Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Tasmania. He has published extensively on masculinity politics and critical social work practice, including five books as single author and 15 books as co-editor. His most recent books include Doing Critical Social Work (co-editor, 2016), Men, Masculinities and Disaster (co-editor, 2016), Radicals in Australian Social Work (co-editor, 2017), Critical Ethics of Care in Social Work: Transforming the Politics and Practices of Caring (co-editor, 2018), Facing Patriarchy: From a Violent Gender Order to a Culture of Peace (2019) and Post-Anthropocentric Social Work: Critical Posthuman and New Materialist Perspectives (co-editor, 2021).