Men and Masculinity: The Basics is an accessible introduction to the academic study of masculinity which outlines the key ideas and most pressing issues concerning the field today. Providing readers with a framework for understanding these issues, it explores the ways that masculinity has been understood in the Social Sciences and Humanities to date. Addressing theories which view masculinity as being in a permanent state of flux and crisis, it explores such problem areas as:
the male body
men and work
men and fatherhood
With a glossary of key terms, case studies reflecting the most important studies in the field of masculinity research and suggestions for further study, Men and Masculinity: The Basics is an essential read for anyone approaching the study of masculinity for the first time.
Nigel Edley is a senior lecturer in social psychology at Nottingham Trent University, UK. He has published extensively in the field of masculinity studies, including Men in Perspective: Practice, Power and Identity (with Margaret Wetherell).
Acknowledgements Part 1 1. Man-watching 2. Coming to terms with men and masculinity Part 2 3. The male body 4. Men and work 5. Men and fatherhood 6. Male sexuality 7. Male violence Glossary References