1st Edition

Routledge International Handbook of Masculinity Studies

Edited By Lucas Gottzén, Ulf Mellström, Tamara Shefer Copyright 2020
    544 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    544 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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
    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 masculinity studies
    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

    Part 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 J. Abelson and Tristen Kade

    16. ‘Little Boys’: the significance of early childhood in the making of masculinities
    Deevia Bhana

    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

    Anna Tarrant

    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
    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

    Part 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

    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
    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

    Part 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


    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)