Feminist Perspectives on Teaching Masculinities looks at teaching non-hegemonic forms of masculinities and highlights their diversity. The collection foregrounds and discusses concepts which are described and gathered as positive, caring, and inclusive masculinities, thus offering a timely and much-needed counterpoint to discussions of so-called toxic masculinity.

The volume presents a wide range of theoretical reflections, case studies, and teaching resources for lecturers in higher education and practitioners in the fields of gender studies, pedagogy, and education. Its heterogeneity is based on an interdisciplinary approach, methodological variety, cross-cultural spectrum, and empirical richness, reflected in various contributions from Europe, Africa, US, and Asia. The international scope of the book and its transnational perspective is valuable in broadening perspectives on teaching masculinities. The presentation and discussion of national and local programs and campaigns promoting teaching practices on masculinities and gender provide further valuable insights into learning beyond stereotypes and realizing new concepts of masculinities.

By presenting alternative performances of masculinities and fostering masculinities studies which are oriented towards gender equality and/or going beyond gender norms, Feminist Perspectives on Teaching Masculinities offers a strong response to the backlashes against feminism and gender studies from rising nationalism coupled with hegemonic masculinities.

chapter |16 pages


BySveva Magaraggia, Gerlinde Mauerer, Marianne Schmidbaur

part I|40 pages

Higher education

chapter 2|15 pages

The queer researcher

Challenging homonormativity in research and educational settings
ByMarco Bacio, Cirus Rinaldi

chapter 3|13 pages

“Grandpa is doing okay”

Teaching studies on aging men and masculinities in educational sciences
ByMiranda Leontowitsch

part II|70 pages

New caring perspectives

chapter 4|19 pages

Caring masculinities in action

Teaching beyond and against the gender-segregated labor market
ByElli Scambor, Daniela Jauk, Marc Gärtner, Erika Bernacchi

chapter 5|25 pages

Decision making in a poster competition on caring fathers in Austria

Gender theoretical reflections on prize-winning posters and media images
ByGerlinde Mauerer

chapter 6|24 pages

Communist discourse on fatherhood

Historical and documentary analyses of Chinese magazines from 1949–1966
ByTingting Tan

part III|63 pages

Anti-violence. Gender transformative work with men and boys

chapter 7|18 pages

Beyond the civilizing mission

Contradictions and potentials of gender transformative work with male refugees
ByPaul Scheibelhofer, Philipp Leeb

chapter 8|20 pages

Deploying tradition

Harnessing positive aspects of Southern African tradition to dismantle toxic masculinity and hegemony in Swaziland
ByJohn Warner, Tom Churchyard

chapter 9|16 pages

Transforming gender norms in Rakai, Uganda

Involving men and boys in intimate partner violence prevention
ByErika Bonnevie, Jennifer A. Wagman

part |7 pages


chapter |5 pages

Undoing the crisis of masculinities

Analyzing social change from a feminist perspective
ByMélanie Gourarier