Multiple Masculinities

  • James W. MesserschmidtEmail author
Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)


The notion of multiple masculinities was first coined by Raewyn Connell as a necessary part of her formulation of hegemonic masculinity. This chapter first outlines Connell’s original perspective on multiple masculinities as well as Connell’s and Messerschmidt’s reformulation of hegemonic masculinity. The chapter discusses recent scholarly work examining both multiple hegemonic and nonhegemonic masculinities in the global North and the global South. The conclusion of the chapter is that multiple masculinities must be conceptualized as always already embedded in unequal gender relations.


Hegemonic masculinities Nonhegemonic masculinities Positive masculinities Globalization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Southern MainePortlandUSA

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