The Routledge International Handbook of Masculinity Studies provides a contemporary critical and scholarly overview of theorizing and research on masculinities as well as emerging ideas and areas of study that are likely to shape research and understanding of gender and men in the future.

The forty-eight chapters of the handbook take an interdisciplinary approach to a range of topics on men and masculinities related to identity, sex, sexuality, culture, aesthetics, technology and pressing social issues. The handbook’s transnational lens acknowledges both the localities and global character of masculinity. A clear message in the book is the need for intersectional theorizing in dialogue with feminist, queer and sexuality studies in making sense of men and masculinities.

Written in a clear and direct style, the handbook will appeal to students, teachers and researchers in the social sciences and humanities, as well as professionals, practitioners and activists.

chapter |16 pages


Mapping the field of masculinity studies
ByLucas Gottzén, Ulf Mellström, Tamara Shefer

part 1|2 pages

Theories and perspectives

chapter 1|12 pages

The institutionalization of (critical) studies on men and masculinities

Geopolitical perspectives
ByJeff Hearn, Richard Howson

chapter 2|10 pages

Feminism and men/masculinities scholarship

Connections, disjunctions and possibilities
ByChris Beasley

chapter 3|11 pages

Hegemony, hegemonic masculinity, and beyond

ByRichard Howson, Jeff Hearn

chapter 4|10 pages

Pierre Bourdieu and the studies on men and masculinities

ByMiklós Hadas

chapter 6|10 pages

Queer theory and critical masculinity studies

ByJonathan A. Allan

chapter 7|10 pages


ByAnn-Dorte Christensen, Sune Qvotrup Jensen

chapter 8|11 pages

Postcolonial masculinities

Diverse, shifting and in flux
ByFataneh Farahani, Suruchi Thapar-Björkert

chapter 9|9 pages

Approaching affective masculinities

ByTodd W. Reeser

chapter 10|11 pages

Masculinity studies and posthumanism

ByUlf Mellström

part 2|2 pages

Identities and intersectionalities

chapter 11|10 pages

African and black men and masculinities 1

ByKopano Ratele

chapter 12|8 pages

White masculinity

ByTobias Hübinette

chapter 13|11 pages

Men and masculinities in contemporary East Asia

Continuities, changes, and challenges
ByMario Liong, Lih Shing Chan

chapter 14|11 pages

Disability, embodiment and masculinities

A complex matrix
BySteve Robertson, Lee Monaghan, Kris Southby

chapter 15|9 pages

Trans masculinities

ByMiriam J. Abelson, Tristen Kade

chapter 16|9 pages

‘Little boys’

The significance of early childhood in the making of masculinities
ByDeevia Bhana

chapter 17|9 pages

Young masculinities

Masculinities in youth studies
BySigne Ravn, Steven Roberts

chapter 19|10 pages

Men, masculinities and social class

ByMichael R. M. Ward

part 3|2 pages

Sex and sexualities

chapter 20|10 pages

The transformation of homosociality

ByNils Hammarén, Thomas Johansson

chapter 21|10 pages

Masculinity and homoeroticism

ByGareth Longstaff

chapter 22|11 pages

The shifting relationship between masculinity and homophobia

BySarah Diefendorf, Tristan Bridges

chapter 23|9 pages

Multiple forms of masculinity in gay male subcultures

ByRusty Barrett

chapter 24|9 pages

Sexual affects

Masculinity and online pornographies
BySteve Garlick

chapter 25|10 pages

Exploring men, masculinity and contemporary dating practices

ByChris Haywood

chapter 26|9 pages

Masculinities and sex workers

ByJohn Scott

part 4|2 pages

Spaces, movements and technologies

chapter 27|9 pages

Men and masculinities in migration processes

ByKatarzyna Wojnicka

chapter 28|10 pages

Locating critical masculinities theory

Masculinities in space and place
ByMadhura Lohokare

chapter 29|9 pages

Rural masculinities

ByBarbara Pini, Robyn Mayes

chapter 30|9 pages

Men in caring occupations and the postfeminist gender regime

ByRuth Simpson, Patricia Lewis

chapter 31|11 pages

Exploring fatherhood in critical gender research

ByHelena Wahlström Henriksson

chapter 32|10 pages

Reconfiguring masculinities and education

Interconnecting local and global identities
ByMáirtín Mac an Ghaill

chapter 33|10 pages

The coproduction of masculinity and technology

Problems and prospects
ByAndreas Ottemo

chapter 34|9 pages

Men on the move

Masculinities, (auto)mobility and car cultures
ByDag Balkmar

chapter 35|11 pages

Men, health and medicalization

An overview
BySteve Robertson, Tim Shand

part 5|2 pages

Cultures and aesthetics

chapter 36|11 pages

The ‘male preserve’ thesis, sporting culture, and men’s power

ByChristopher R. Matthews, Alex Channon

chapter 37|10 pages

Masculinity never plays itself

From representations to forms in American cinema and media studies
ByTerrance H. McDonald

chapter 38|10 pages

Masculinities in fashion and dress

ByAndrew Reilly, José Blanco F.

chapter 39|10 pages

Masculinities, food and cooking

ByMichelle Szabo

chapter 40|11 pages

Men, masculinities and music

BySam de Boise

chapter 41|9 pages

Masculinities and literary studies

Past, present, and future directions
ByJosep M. Armengol

chapter 42|11 pages

Men and masculinity in art and art history

ByBettina Uppenkamp

part 6|2 pages

Problems, challenges and ways forward

chapter 43|10 pages

Masculinities, law and crime

Socio-legal studies and the ‘man question’
ByRichard Collier

chapter 44|10 pages

Discursive trends in research on masculinities and interpersonal violence

ByFloretta Boonzaier, Taryn van Niekerk

chapter 45|10 pages

Masculinities, war and militarism

ByClaire Duncanson

chapter 46|11 pages

Ecological masculinities

A response to the Manthropocene question?
ByMartin Hultman, Paul Pulé

chapter 47|10 pages

Masculinity and/at risk

The social and political context of men’s risk taking as embodied practices, performances and processes
ByVictoria Robinson

chapter 48|10 pages

Trends and trajectories in engaging men for gender justice

ByTal Peretz