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Masculine Power and Gender Equality: Masculinities as Change Agents

  • Russell Luyt
  • Kathleen Starck

About this book


This book explores how political institutions can challenge dominant and normative masculinities, guiding thinking instead toward a transformation of gendered power structures and general equality.  Representing a range of relevant areas, the expert chapter authors provide various methodological and theoretical approaches applied to shifting gender meanings in cultural, national, and social contexts.  Authors also represent a variety of cultures, contributing to the multi-perspective debate about how best to achieve gender equality in the real world.

Among the topics discussed:
  • Reimagining masculinities, their everyday practice and practical interventions 
  • Towards a feminist theory of male rape
  • Political implications of challenging men’s everyday practices through domestic violence primary prevention work
  • Men as allies: a case study of White Ribbon Australia
Masculine Power and Gender Equality: Masculinities as Change Agents provides valuable insight into strategies for re-imagining male-dominated power structures and promoting gender equality.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Russell Luyt
    • 1
  • Kathleen Starck
    • 2
  1. 1.University of GreenwichLondonUK
  2. 2.University of Koblenz-LandauLandauGermany

About the editors

Russell Luyt heads the Department of Psychology, Social Work and Counselling at the University of Greenwich in the United Kingdom. His work focuses primarily on the social psychology of gender, looking at the cross-cultural intersection of gender, ‘race’ and social class; the critique of traditional masculinity, femininity and gender measurement; media representations of gender; masculinities and aggression; masculinities, prejudice and sexual minorities; and qualitative methodologies. 

Kathleen Starck is Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany. Her research interests include gender studies, Cold War cultures, postcolonial studies, popular culture, contemporary drama as well as post-socialism. She recently published Of Treason, God and Testicles. Political Masculinities in British and American Films of the Early Cold War (C-S-P, 2016) and co-edited with Birgit Sauer A Man’s World? Political Masculinities in Literature and Culture (C-S-P, 2014), is founder of the research network “Political Masculinities” and has been organising international conferences on political masculinities since 2012.

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