Theories of men and masculinity, and their ability to account for positive change

Brittany Ralph, Steven Roberts

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Since the emergence of critical masculinity scholarship in the 1980s, the field has developed a considerable theoretical apparatus that dismantles the presumed naturalness of gender and highlights the existence of a plurality of masculinities, the diversity of existence, and the ways men are stratified within this plurality. However, recent cultural shifts towards softer masculinities in Western countries call into question the usefulness of the field's key theoretical frameworks. In this chapter, we outline the developments in masculinity theory to date and the conceptual debates that currently occupy the field. While we occasionally reference the relevance of these ideas to the study of men and sport, our main purpose is to equip readers with a broad knowledge of the field, so they can engage with the empirical and theoretical analysis presented in the volume's coming chapters.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Masculinity and Sport
EditorsRory Magrath, Jamie Cleland, Eric Anderson
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783030197995
ISBN (Print)9783030197988
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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