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Type: Journal article
Title: Problematizing contemporary Men/Masculinities theorizing: The contribution of Raewyn Connell and conceptual-terminological tensions today
Author: Beasley, C.
Citation: British Journal of Sociology, 2012; 63(4):747-765
Publisher: Routledge
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 0007-1315
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Chris Beasley
Abstract: Critical studies of men and masculinities (CSMM) have burgeoned in recent times. For this reason, it seems to me a useful moment to reflect on what I see as some tensions, even contradictions, in these studies. In keeping with Chantal Mouffe's espousal of the advantages of agonism rather than consensus, I suggest that heterogeneous theoretical directions in scholarship attending to men/masculinities are by no means to be discouraged. However, the various theoretical tools employed in this scholarship may be incommensurable and thus produce a certain inconsistency or even incoherence. In this context, I suggest that in order to more clearly articulate current theoretical/terminological debates it is important to undertake analysis of key conceptual distinctions and widely used terms, such as notions of structure and patriarchy, gender identities/masculinities/men, hegemony and hegemonic masculinity, and relations between gender and sexuality, amongst others. The aim here is not to produce or require homogeneity in studies of men/masculinities but rather to provide an opportunity to consider the epistemological frameworks which inform the political intentions and goals of this sphere of scholarship.
Keywords: Masculinities
Rights: © London School of Economics and Political Science 2012
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-4446.2012.01435.x
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