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Exploring Movement Towards Openness

  • Karla ElliottEmail author
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Part of the Genders and Sexualities in the Social Sciences book series (GSSS)

Abstract

This chapter investigates the emergence and valuing of more progressive, positive or open forms of masculinity, while keeping continuing harmful expressions of masculinity in mind. One route towards openness emerges as masculinity, mobility and paid work are reconfigured in connection with one another, though this constitutes a privileged form of work towards openness, and by no means the only one. The chapter also teases out potentials for masculinities emerging from greater scope for men’s expression and a lessening of discourses of stark differences between men and women. Positive developments in terms of men’s caring in friendships and work lives are highlighted too, even if this caring contrasts to the forms of care work women are obligated to perform. The narratives explored in this chapter highlight that while there is still much work to be done, it is possible for more advantaged men to move towards greater egalitarianism.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Monash UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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