Theorising Masculinities

  • Brendan Gough


This chapter reviews influential theories of masculinity within Psychology and Critical Studies of Men and Masculinity. A social constructionist, psychosocial stance is advanced which emphasises how particular masculinities are constrained and enabled within particular contexts, intersected by other relevant identities such as social class, race, and sexual orientation. The importance of considering men as embodied, emotional, and caring is emphasised, that is, studying how men are engaging with traditionally feminised ideals and practices. As such, qualitative research focusing on local enactments of masculinities within specific communities is advocated, including online environments which may encourage more expansive expressions of (digital) masculinities. A focus on social change is articulated, situating (changing) men and masculinities at the forefront of gender equality and combating sexism and homophobia.


Masculinities Theory Social constructionist Psychosocial Intersectionality 


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  • Brendan Gough
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  1. 1.Leeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUK

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