1st Edition

Routledge Handbook on Men, Masculinities and Organizations Theories, Practices and Futures of Organizing

Edited By Jeff Hearn, Kadri Aavik, David L. Collinson, Anika Thym Copyright 2024
    498 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This Handbook provides new theoretical and empirical insights into men, men’s practices and masculinities across many kinds of organizations and forms of organizing. Most mainstream studies of organizations, leadership and management do not seem to notice they are often talking a lot about men and masculinities. The Handbook challenges this general tendency to avoid gendering men by bringing together a range of theoretical and methodological approaches that:

    • engage with not only formal organizations, such as businesses and state organizations, but also processes of organizing within and beyond organizations;
    • address emergent and future issues on men, masculinities and organizations, such as tech masculinities, men’s emotions, sexualities and violences, animal advocacy and environmental issues, and men and masculinities in pandemics.

    Targeted at scholars, policymakers, practitioners and students interested in links between men, masculinities, organizations and organizing, this landmark Handbook is an invaluable resource for those working in and beyond such fi elds as gender studies, organization, leadership and management studies, political science, sociology, social and public policy, and social movement studies.

    List of figures

    List of contributors


    List of abbreviations

    1 Studying men, masculinities, organizations and organizing: introducing the Handbook

    Jeff Hearn, Kadri Aavik, David L. Collinson and Anika Thym

    PART I

    Theories and frameworks

    2 New maps of struggle for gender justice: locating men, masculinities and organizations in feminist research on organizations and work

    Raewyn Connell

    3 Conditional solidarity: men and masculinities in social justice activist movements

    Tigist Shewarega Hussen and Tamara Shefer

    4 Social theory and critical theory

    Richard Howson

    5 Paradigms, gender and the making of men and masculinities in organization theory

    Albert J. Mills, Jean Helms Mills and Liela A. Jamjoom

    6 Decolonizing masculinities: a decolonial and transnational perspective

    Banu Ozkazanc-Pan

    7 Masculinities in the wasteland: (Post)colonial capitalism in the West, China and Africa

    Sofia Aboim, Mabel Machado and Ling Eleanor Zhang

    8 Global, transnational, national and “local” organizations and organizing: the case of space and place

    Jeff Hearn

    PART II: Structures and processes of organizing

    9 Critical dialectical perspectives on men, masculinities and leadership

    David L. Collinson

    10 Workplace masculinity contests and culture

    Jennifer L. Berdahl, Marianne Cooper, Peter Glick, Robert W. Livingston and Joan C. Williams

    11 Doing meta-work to navigate conventionally masculinist careers and work norms in professional workplaces

    Marta Choroszewicz and Ingrid Biese

    12 Changing and challenging work–life negotiations for men and organizations

    Majda Hrženjak

    13 Bodies, embodiment, bodywork, care, caring and self-care

    Henri Hyvönen

    14 Emotions and a□ ect in organizing men and masculinity/ies

    Sam de Boise

    15 Mingle with men: sexuality and gay men in organizations

    Laura Eigenmann

    16 Men’s violence and abuse in organizations and workplaces

    Nicole Westmarland

    PART III: Organizational settings

    17 Hegemonic masculinities and the hegemony of men in business and finance organizations: persistence of and challenges to patriarchal power

    Anika Thym, Helen Longlands and Richard Collier

    18 Masculinity of the modern Western state and of state institutions

    Birgit Sauer

    19 Men, masculinities and military organizations

    F. Oya Aktaş, David Collinson, Jeff Hearn and Nurseli Yeşim Sünbüloğlu

    20 Masculinities, political organizations and political organizing: queering anti-apartheid struggle

    Kopano Ratele, Nick Malherbe, Josephine Cornell and Shahnaaz Su□ffla

    21 Beyond the public light: political strongmen, masculine embodiment and sports organizations

    Michele Rene Gregory and Daniel Alsarve

    22 (Un)doing masculinity? Men working in women’s occupations

    Julia Nentwich and Chieh Hsu

    23 Boys and schooling: intersectional perspectives

    Ann Phoenix

    24 Men, gender and knowledge construction in higher education

    Ana Luisa Muñoz-García, Mara Silva-Hope, Gabriela Bard Wigdor and Liisa Husu

    PART IV: Current and future issues

    25 The hegemony of men in global value chains: insights for intersectional labour governance

    Lauren McCarthy, Vivek Soundararajan and Scott Taylor

    26 Multiple crisis, crisis of gender relations and the crisis of masculinity

    Alex Demirović and Andrea Maihofer

    27 Allyship and accountability in organizations engaging men in violence prevention: principles, practices and political dilemmas

    Bob Pease

    28 Men and masculinities in animal advocacy organizations and organizing: from men’s domination and masculinized strategies towards an ethics of care and intersectional activism

    Kadri Aavik

    29 Tracing the superheroes of our time: contemporary and emergent masculinities in tech entrepreneurship

    Ulf Mellström, Dag Balkmar and Anne-Charlott Callerstig

    30 Men and COVID-19: pandemics and organizing in the “new normal”

    Stephen Burrell and Sandy Ruxton



    Jeff Hearn is Professor Emeritus of Management and Organization at Hanken School of Economics, Finland; Senior Professor of Human Geography at Örebro University, Sweden; and Professor of Sociology at the University of Huddersfield, UK.

    Kadri Aavik is Associate Professor of Gender Studies at Tallinn University, Estonia.

    David L. Collinson is Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Organization at Lancaster University Management School.

    Anika Thym is completing her PhD in Gender Studies at the University of Basel, Switzerland.

    "It’s ironic that a world dominated by men should have so comparatively little theoretical and empirical research that casts a critical eye on masculinity in organizations. Fortunately, this edited collection provides a robust and thorough overview of that lacuna and is filled with star contributors and sharp contemporary analyses. If you are new to the academic literature then this is the book to start with; if you are familiar with the literature then there isn’t a better update."

    Keith Grint, Emeritus Professor, Warwick Business School, UK

    "The importance of gender studies from a critical perspective is needed more than ever as scholars find alternative ways to resist societal and organizational structures of domination and exploitation. This international resource is a must read for anyone seeking to interrogate the relationship between men and masculinities. The collection journeys from classic theories of masculine domination and ways of organizing against hegemonic masculinity to emerging accounts of contemporary and global masculinities and the implications for organizations and organizing."

    Alison Pullen, Macquarie University,  Australia

    "The handbook links men and masculinities with social structures represented by diverse organizations and practices of organizing. Such perspective provides an important and invaluable angle of analysis contrasting with popular approaches reducing masculinity to individual traits or some essential personality type. Authors and editors ensure their comprehensive approach is reflected critically and engage in conceptual dialogue on how the different perspectives can be theorized. Informal and formal practices – imprinted in the construction of organizations or organizational settings shaping practice - form the pivotal perspective bravely engaging in deconstructing power relations, hegemonies, or crises. Multiple takes on analyses collected in the handbook offer vivid portraits of organizations and organizing as gendered practices for both students and readers new to the field and scholars engaged in critical approaches to masculinities across disciplines and spaces. Following this way of theorizing is a joy to read."

    Iva Šmídová, Associate Professor, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

    "I was literally blown away by the remarkable set of chapters that powerfully reveal the magnitude of the effects of men’s practices and masculinities across the globe. The volume draws from multi-disciplines to reveal the relationships between men, masculinities and organizing and organizations. It is an excellent resource for understanding contemporary challenges like persistent gender divisions in labor markets, the gendered effects of the COV-19 pandemic, social movements, environmental issues, racial injustice,  gendered based violence, the rising tide of authoritarian leadership and the accelerating pushback on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), women’s rights, and recognition of transgender identities. The volume helps to explain why despite efforts towards gender, social class, and racial equality, the world finds itself being led by a few powerful men (i.e. G7) and organizations that remain male (and often white men) dominated."

    Stella M. Nkomo, University of Pretoria, South Africa

    "This Handbook is an encyclopaedic and timely overview of research on masculinities in a wide range of organisational settings (including business, the state, the military, political and sports organisations and education); located in an exploration of  theoretical perspectives and with a specific focus on key issues (including leadership, embodiment, affect, violence, work-life issues and masculinity contests), it is a crucial text for all those interested in understanding today's world."

    Prof Pat O’Connor, Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Limerick

    "With a view to the very different geographical and organizational contexts, a great collection has been created –

    "An inspiring resource providing material for "rethinking" or just to understand what masculinity can mean in a variety of contexts and conditions. From schools to financial companies, bodies to emotions, sexuality to violence, sports to universities, superheroes to leaders, masculinities shape our everyday lives and our world and it is time to take a closer look at them."

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