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Hegemonic Masculinity: Formulation, Reformulation, and Amplification (Paperback)
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Hegemonic Masculinity: Formulation, Reformulation, and Amplification (Paperback)

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The concept of hegemonic masculinity, formulated by Raewyn Connell more than three decades ago, has been the driving force behind the expanding field of masculinities studies. Hegemonic Masculinity: Formulation, Reformulation, and Amplification provides the first comprehensive overview of the concept-from its original conception to how it has evolved over time. The book also examines some of the most powerful ways the concept is being used in contemporary gender studies. Hegemonic Masculinity describes the development of the concept, the actual formulation and initial applications of the concept, the eventual reformulation and subsequent applications of that reformulation, and finally, the amplification of the reformulated concept of hegemonic masculinity. The book also includes a chapter theorizing why and how hegemonic masculinities are constructed, and the concluding chapter chronicles the prospects for social change toward more egalitarian gender relations. Hegemonic Masculinity: Formulation, Reformulation, and Amplification brings together for the first time in one volume the history of the concept as well as a discussion and examination of some of the most important research accomplished on hegemonic masculinity over the last thirty years.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781538114049
Number of pages: 196
Weight: 295 g
Dimensions: 224 x 154 x 15 mm


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Few concepts in gender studies are as used-and misunderstood-as 'hegemonic masculinity.' This book is more than just a useful primer but a careful theoretical exegesis of the term and its conceptual and cultural contexts. -- Michael Kimmel, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, Stony Brook University
Like many powerful concepts, hegemonic masculinity has been deployed variously as a sharp tool that clarifies the workings of the social world, as a fuzzy term that means whatever an author wants it to mean, and as a simplistic foil against which a writer attempts to assert some other idea. James Messerschmidt-long a leading scholar in the field-contributes a clear road map to understanding the origins, development and continuing importance of the concept. Hegemonic Masculinity is a welcome and valuable contribution to the maturation of gender theory in the social sciences. -- Michael A. Messner, University of Southern California
James Messerschmidt provides a comprehensive and insightful discussion and analysis of the socio-historical trajectory of the concept of hegemonic masculinity. This book is, without question, the most comprehensive, clarifying, and in depth treatment of the concept hegemonic masculinity to date. Going beyond summary, Messerschmidt's meta-analysis of the large body of theoretical and empirical work on hegemonic masculinity extends as much as it clarifies the meaning, applicability, and importance of the concept. This book should-and I believe will-become a standard and required text for anyone interested in gender and social inequality. -- Mary A. Schippers, Tulane University
James W. Messerschmidt's Hegemonic Masculinity is a tour de force, masterfully placing the concept of `hegemonic masculinity' and its changing development in historical and contemporary context. Messerschmidt skillfully examines new and diverse research on hegemonic masculinity over the past thirty years, confirming the continued significance of Connell's original emphasis on the legitimation of unequal gender relations, yet he simultaneously shows that a renovated concept is necessary to understand the omnipresence of hegemonic masculinities today-locally, regionally, and globally. A significant and momentous work that all students and scholars interested in confronting gender inequality must read! -- Oystein G. Holter, University of Oslo
Hegemonic Masculinity is a comprehensive and informative overview of the history, critique, reformulation, and current theory of this core concept. It is sure to become a classic text in gender studies-an indispensable introduction for new students and a reliable resource for established scholars. I highly recommend it. -- Judith Lorber, professor emerita, Graduate School and Brooklyn College, CUNY; author of Breaking the Bowls: Degendering and Feminist Change

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