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.
Table of Contents
Introduction: mapping the field of masculinity studies
Lucas Gottzén, Ulf Mellström and Tamara Shefer
Part 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
3. Hegemony, hegemonic masculinity, and beyond
Richard Howson and Jeff Hearn
4. Pierre Bourdieu and the studies on men and masculinities
5. Foucault’s men, or what have masturbating boys and ancient men to do with masculinity?
6. Queer theory and critical masculinity studies
Jonathan A. Allan
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
Part 2: Identities and intersectionalities
11. African and black men and masculinities
12. White masculinity
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 J. Abelson and Tristen Kade
16. ‘Little Boys’: the significance of early childhood in the making of masculinities
17. Young masculinities: masculinities in youth studies
Signe Ravn and Steven Roberts
18. "Maturing" theories of ageing masculinities and the diverse identity work of older men in later life
18. Men, masculinities and social class
Michael R. M. Ward
Part 3: Sex and sexualities
20. The transformation of homosociality
Nils Hammarén and Thomas Johansson
21. Masculinity and homoeroticism
22. The shifting relationship between masculinity and homophobia
Sarah Diefendorf and Tristan Bridges
23. Multiple forms of masculinity in gay male subcultures
24. Sexual affects: masculinity and online pornographies
25. Exploring men, masculinity and contemporary dating practices
26. Masculinities and sex workers
Part 4: Spaces, movements and technologies
27. Men and masculinities in migration processes
28. Locating critical masculinities theory: masculinities in space and place
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
34. Men on the move: masculinities, (auto)mobility and car cultures
35. Men, health and medicalization: an overview
Steve Robertson and Tim Shand
Part 5: Cultures and aesthetics
36. The ‘male preserve’ thesis, sporting culture, and men’s power
Christopher R. Matthews and Alex Channon
37. Masculinity never pays 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
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
Part 6: Problems, challenges and ways forward
43. Masculinities, law and crime: socio-legal studies and the ‘man question’
44. Discursive trends in research on masculinities and interpersonal violence
Floretta Boonzaier and Taryn van Niekerk
45. Masculinities, war and militarism
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
48. Trends and trajectories in engaging men for gender justice
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).
"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)