Masculinity is gaining increasing popular and academic interest. At one level, football hooligans, absent fathers, 'Essex man' and 'new men' are regular media presences. At the same time, masculinity is the subject of increasingly sophisicated theoretical discussion, and there are a wide range of accounts of what masculinity means.
Understanding Masculinities is the first introductory text to examine the range of different theoretical and methodological approaches to the understanding of masculinity. It brings together overviews of the key theoretical debates with new empirical material, focusing on different social and cultural arenas, and the wide range of masculinities which exist. It discusses education, unemployment, sport, sexuality, HIV, and black masculinities. Understanding Masculinities critically explores the gendered and sexual dynamics of these masculinities, challenging and transforming our conventional assumptions.
Understanding Masculinities will be important reading for undergraduate and masters students of sociology, women's studies, gender and psychology. It will also be of interest to anyone concerned with broadening their understanding of masculinity.
Mairtin Mac an Ghaill presently works at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of The Making of Men: Masculinities, Sexualities and Schooling (Open University Press, 1994)
Social relations of masculinities Introduction 'Feckless fathers' masculinities and the British state Masculinities and families Schooling masculinities 'Men' at 'work' multiple masculinities\multiple workplaces Men, masculinity and the challenge of long-term unemployment Cultural arenas of masculinities Masculinity, power and identity 'One thing leads to another' drinking, fighting and working class masculinities Sporting masculinities gender relations and the body Are you sitting comfortably? Men's story telling, masculinities, prison culture, and violence From 'little fairy boy' to 'the compleat destroyer' subjectivity and the transformation in the biography of Mike Tyson 'Empowering men to disempower themselves' heterosexual masculinities, HIV and the contradictions of anti-oppressive education Critical evaluations of masculinities Reading black masculinities Is masculinity dead? A critique of the concept of masculinity\masculinities Index.