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Unmasking Masculinities

Unmasking Masculinities
Men and Society

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February 2018 | 480 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Unmasking Masculinities: Men and Society is a new anthology that provides a fresh and comprehensive introduction to the field of critical masculinity studies. Grounded in the theories of masculinities with explicit connections between various theoretical perspectives and the readings, this book examines unique domains, such as the Presidency or men's responses to feminism. Through the book’s emphasis on cross-cultural perspectives and experiences, readers will find new and provocative takes on masculinity today, such as nerd masculinity, female masculinity, misogyny through social media, feminism and men, and men’s intimate relationships with other men.  


Part I. Theories of Masculinity
1. “The Social Organization of Masculinity”

Raewyn Connell
2. “Welcome to the Men’s Club: Homosociality and the Maintenance of Hegemonic Masculinity”

Sharon R. Bird
3. “Men, Masculinity, and Manhood Acts”

Douglas Schrock and Michael Schwalbe
4. “Inclusive Masculinity Theory”

Eric Anderson
5. “Hybrid Masculinities: New Directions in the Sociology of Men and Masculinities”

Tristan Bridges and C.J. Pascoe
Part II. Representations of Masculinity
6. “Post-Princess Models of Gender: The New Man in Disney/Pixar”

Ken Gillam and Shannon R. Wooden
7. “'Cowboy Up!' Non-Hegemonic Representations of Masculinity in Children’s Television Programming”

Kristen Myers
8. “‘We Wear No Pants’: Selling the Crisis of Masculinity in the 2010 Super Bowl Commercials”

Kyle Green and Madison van Oort
9. “Bitch, Slut, Skank, Cunt: Patterned Resistance to Women’s Visibility in Digital Publics”

Sarah Sobieraj
10. “#TheFappening: Virtual Manhood Acts in (Homo)Social Media.”

Mairead Eastin Moloney and Tony P. Love
Part III. Politics and Nationhood
11. “Theodore Roosevelt: Manhood, Nation, and 'Civilization'”

Gail Bederman
12. “Our First Unisex President? Black Masculinity and Obama's Feminine Side”

Frank Rudy Cooper
13. “The Masculinity of the Governator: Muscle and Compassion in American Politics”

Michael A. Messner
14. "'White Men are this Nation': Right-Wing Militias and the Restoration of Rural American Masculinity”

Michael Kimmel and Abby L. Ferber
15. “Mourning Mayberry: Guns, Masculinity, and Socioeconomic Decline”

Jennifer Carlson
Part IV. Masculine Strategies
16. “The Sanctity of Sunday Football: Why Men Love Sports”

Douglas Hartmann
17. “Getting in Trouble”

Ann A. Ferguson
18. “Epic Glory and Manhood Acts in Fantasy Role-Playing: Dagorhir as a Case Study”

James S. Martin, Christian A. Vacarro, D. Alex Heckert, and Robert Heasley
19. “'I Kick It to Both, But Not in the Street': Behaviorally Bisexual Latino Men, Gender, and the Sexual Geography of New York City Metropolitan Area”

Miguel Muñoz-Laboy, Nicolette Severson, Jonathan Garcia, Richard G. Parker, and Patrick Wilson
20. “Economic Shifts, Consumption of Sex, and Compensatory Masculinity in Japan”

Kumiko Nemoto
Part V. Relationships and Intimacy
21. “Hooking Up: Sex in Guyland”

Michael Kimmel
22. “Stigma and Status: Interracial Intimacy and Intersectional Identities among Black College Men”

Amy C. Wilkins
23. “Fight or Flight”

Kathryn Edin and Timothy J. Nelson
24. “The ‘Second-Wife’ Phenomenon and the Relational Construction of Class-Coded Masculinities in Contemporary China”

Suowei Xiao
25. “Beyond Stoic Salarymen: Inside South Korea’s Father School Movement”

Allen J. Kim
Part VI. Shifting Masculinities?
26. “Look at My Masculinity! Girls Who Act Like Boys”

C.J. Pascoe
27. “Just One of the Guys? How Transmen Make Gender Visible at Work.”

Kristen Schilt
28. “‘Josh Wears Pink Cleats'”: Inclusive Masculinity on the Soccer Field.”

Adi Adams
29. “Bud-Sex: Constructing Normative Masculinity among Rural Straight Men That Have Sex With Men”

Tony Silva
30. “A Very ‘Gay’ Straight? Hybrid masculinities, Sexual Aesthetics, and the Changing Relationship between Masculinity and Homophobia”

Tristan Bridges
Part VII. Power, Violence, and Resistance
31. “Managing Emotional Manhood: Fighting and Fostering Fear in Mixed Martial Arts.”

Christian A. Vaccaro, Douglas P. Schrock, and Janice M. McCabe
32. “Masculinities in Motion: Latino Men and Violence in Kentucky."

Cristina M. Alcalde
33. “Reaching Out and Digging In: A Global Perspective on Engaging Men in Gender-Based Violence Prevention”

Juliana Carlson
34. “The Former Lives of Anti-Sexist Men”

Max Greenberg
35. “College Men, Hypermasculinity, and Sexual Violence”

Richard Mora and Mary Christianakis


Resource Site

SAGE Gender and Sexuality Resource Site is an open access site meant to enhance the teaching and learning environments in gender and sexuality courses. Video, podcast, and web links are provided for the following topic areas: 

  • Theories of Gender and Sexuality
  • Learning and "Doing Gender" 
  • Sexual Minorities
  • Sexual Violence and Commodification 
  • Crime, Social Control, and the Legal System 
  • Religion
  • Politics and Power
  • Families, Intimate Relationships, and Reproduction 
  • The Workplace
  • Health and Medicine
  • Education
  • Sports
  • Media and Popular Culture
  • Social Movements and Activism 
  • Gender and Sexuality Across Culture


“It is nice to get, in one volume, a large collection of seminal works in masculinity, along with the introductions and summaries, and the author interviews. The latter is a very novel feature that I am [very keen about].”

Annegret Staiger
Clarkson University

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