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Routledge International Handbook of Masculinity Studies

1st Edition

Edited by Lucas Gottzén, Ulf Mellström, Tamara Shefer


516 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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The Routledge International Handbook of Masculinity Studies provides a contemporary critical and scholarly overview of theorizing and research on masculinities as well as emerging ideas and areas of study that are likely to shape research and understanding of gender and men in the future.

The forty-eight chapters of the handbook take an interdisciplinary approach to a range of topics on men and masculinities related to identity, sex, sexuality, culture, aesthetics, technology and pressing social issues. The handbook’s transnational lens acknowledges both the localities and global character of masculinity. A clear message in the book is the need for intersectional theorizing in dialogue with feminist, queer and sexuality studies in making sense of men and masculinities.

Written in a clear and direct style, the handbook will appeal to students, teachers and researchers in the social sciences and humanities, as well as professionals, practitioners and activists.


"This handbook offers an indispensable survey of the meanings, forms and structures of masculinity in contemporary culture. This book is timely and relevant!"

Jack Halberstam, author of Female Masculinity

"Covering a broad, interdisciplinary range of approaches within Masculinity Studies, this handbook provides a welcome overview of genealogies and contemporary perspectives. The ambition to decentre the location of the field in the Global North, as well as to highlight its entanglements with feminist, queer, trans-, and postcolonial studies makes the volume stand out.

Nina Lykke, Professor Emerita, Gender Studies, Linköping University

"This is the text I should have had when I was a young scholar; the fact that I will reach for it today is testimony to the attention the authors pay to the historical journey of masculinity studies while remaining refreshingly relevant. The handbook offers new areas of reading masculinities from transnational, intersectional and multi-disciplinary perspectives. It is an essential resource for anyone interested in the question, ‘who—or what—is a man?’"

Akosua Adomako Ampofo, Professor of African and Gender Studies, University of Ghana (Legon)

Table of Contents


Section 1: Theories and Perspectives

1. The Institutionalization of (Critical) Studies on Men and Masculinities: Geopolitical Perspectives

Jeff Hearn and Richard Howson

2. Feminism and Men/Masculinities Scholarship: Connections, Disjunctions and Possibilities

Chris Beasley

3. Hegemony, Hegemonic Masculinity, and Beyond

Richard Howson and Jeff Hearn

4. Pierre Bourdieu and the Studies on Men and Masculinities

Miklós Hadas

5. Foucault’s Men, or What Have Masturbating Boys and Ancient Men to Do with Masculinity?

Lucas Gottzén

6. Queer Theory and Critical Studies of Men and Masculinities

Jonathan A. Allan

7. Intersectionality

Ann-Dorte Christensen and Sune Qvotrup Jensen

8. Postcolonial Masculinities: Diverse, Shifting and in Flux

Fataneh Farahani and Suruchi Thapar-Björkert

9. Approaching Affective Masculinities

Todd W. Reeser

10. Masculinity Studies and Posthumanism

Ulf Mellström

Section 2: Identities and Intersectionalities

11. African and Black Men and Masculinities

Kopano Ratele

12. White Masculinity

Tobias Hübinette

13. Men and Masculinities in Contemporary East Asia: Continuities, Changes, and Challenges

Mario Liong and Lih Shing Chan

14. Disability, Embodiment and Masculinities: A Complex Matrix

Steve Robertson, Lee Monaghan and Kris Southby

15. Trans Masculinities

Miriam Abelson and Tristen Kade

16. ‘Maturing’ Theories of Ageing Masculinities and the Diverse Identity Work of Older Men in Later Life

Anna Tarrant

17. ‘Little Boys’: The Significance of Early Childhood in the Making of Masculinities

Deevia Bhana

18. Young Masculinities: Masculinities in Youth Studies

Signe Ravn and Steven Roberts

19. Men, Masculinities and Social Class

Michael Ward

Section 3: Sex and Sexualities

20. The Transformation of Homosociality

Thomas Johansson and Nils Hammarén

21. Masculinity and Homoeroticism

Gareth Longstaff

22. The Shifting Relationship Between Masculinity and Homophobia

Sarah Diefendorf and Tristan Bridges

23. Multiple Forms of Masculinity in Gay Male Subcultures

Rusty Barrett

24. Sexual Affects: Masculinity and Online Pornographies

Steve Garlick

25. Exploring Men, Masculinity and Contemporary Dating Practices

Chris Haywood

26. Masculinities and Sex Workers

John Scott

Section 4: Spaces, Movements and Technologies

27. Men and Masculinities in Migration Processes

Katarzyna Wojnicka

28. Locating Critical Masculinities Theory: Masculinities in Space and Place

Madhura Lohokare

29. Rural Masculinities

Barbara Pini and Robyn Mayes

30. Men in Caring Occupations and the Postfeminist Gender Regime

Ruth Simpson and Patricia Lewis

31. Exploring Fatherhood in Critical Gender Research

Helena Wahlström Henriksson

32. Reconfiguring Masculinities and Education: Interconnecting Local and Global Identities

Máirtín Mac an Ghaill

33. The Coproduction of Masculinity and Technology: Problems and Prospects

Andreas Ottemo

34. Men on the Move: Masculinities, (Auto)Mobility and Car Cultures

Dag Balkmar

35. Men, Health and Medicalization: An Overview

Steve Robertson and Tim Shand

Section 5: Cultures and Aesthetics

36. The ‘Male Preserve’ Thesis, Sporting Culture, and Men’s Power

Christopher R. Matthews and Alex Channon

37. Masculinity Never Plays Itself: From Representations to Forms in American Cinema and Media Studies

Terrance H. McDonald

38. Masculinities in Fashion and Dress

Andrew Reilly and José Blanco F.

39. Masculinities, Food and Cooking in the Global North

Michelle Szabo

40. Men, Masculinities and Music

Sam de Boise

41. Masculinities and Literary Studies: Past, Present, and Future Directions

Josep M. Armengol

42. Men and Masculinity in Art and Art History

Bettina Uppenkamp

Section 6: Problems, Challenges and Ways Forward

43. Masculinities, Law and Crime: Socio-Legal Studies and the ‘Man Question’

Richard Collier

44. Discursive Trends in Research on Masculinities and Interpersonal Violence

Floretta Boonzaier and Taryn van Niekerk

45. Masculinities, War and Militarism

Claire Duncanson

46. Ecological Masculinities: A Response to the Manthropocene Question?

Martin Hultman and Paul Pulé

47. Masculinity and/at Risk: The Social and Political Context of Men’s Risk Taking as Embodied Practices, Performances and Processes

Victoria Robinson

48. Trends and Trajectories in Engaging Men for Gender Justice

Tal Peretz

About the Editors

Lucas Gottzén is Professor at the Department of Child and Youth Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden. His research takes feminist and critical perspectives on youth, gender and sexuality, particularly focusing on young and adult men’s violence. His recent books include Av det känsligare slaget: Män och våld mot kvinnor (‘The (Un)Sensitive Kind: Men and Violence against Women’, 2019), Genus (‘Gender’, 2019, with Eriksson) and Men, Masculinities and Intimate Partner Violence (2020, co-edited with Bjørnholt and Boonzaier).

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 and risk, engineering studies, globalization and higher education. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies.

Tamara Shefer is Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of the Western Cape, South Africa. Her scholarship has focused on intersectional gender and sexual justice, including research on critical masculinities studies. Her current work is focused on rethinking scholarship on sexualities and gender within feminist decolonial approaches. Recent co-edited books are Engaging Youth in Activist Research and Pedagogical Praxis: Transnational and Intersectional Perspectives on Gender, Sex, and Race (2018, with Hearn, Ratele & Boonzaier) and Socially Just Pedagogies in Higher Education: Critical Posthumanist and New Feminist Materialist Perspectives (2018, with Bozalek, Braidotti & Zembylas).

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