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Cultures of Masculinity - Tim Edwards

Cultures of Masculinity

Hardcover Published: 8th December 2005
ISBN: 9780415284806
Number Of Pages: 192

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Presenting a survey of the social, cultural and theoretical issues which surround and inform our understanding of masculinity, this book explores the interface between traditional sociological approaches and the work covered by more post-structural, media-driven or cultural perspectives.


Edwards well known for his work on representations of masculinities, uses grounded examples of the job market and domestic violence to set his theoretical discussion. He argues that there is a need for more dialogue on men and masculinities between disciplines, and considers the validity of the concerns and anxieties which surround masculinity in the contemporary world through a range of key topics, including:



  • the new man, the new lad and 'men's movements'

  • men, masculinity and violence

  • marginalized masculinities: black masculinity and gay male sexuality

  • queer theory, performativity and fashion

  • cinema, representation and the body.

One of the most comprehensive and progressive studies of modern masculinity available, this book will be essential reading for students of gender, culture and sociology.

Introduction: Cultures of Masculinity 1
Crisis, What Crisis? Sex Roles Revisited
Femenism - Men, Masculinity and Feminism
Violence and Violation - Men, Masculinity and Power
In Black And White - Race, Ethnicity and Masculinity
Identity and Desire - Gay Male Sexuality and Masculinity
What Are You Looking At? Masculinity, Performativity AndFashion
The Spectacle of the Male - Masculinity and the Cinema
Auto-mechanics - Masculinity, Reflexivity and the Body
Conclusion: The Social and Cultural Theory of Men and Masculinities
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ISBN: 9780415284806
ISBN-10: 0415284805
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 8th December 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1