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This is an exciting new edition of R. W. Connell s ground-breaking text, which has become a classic work on the nature and construction of masculine identity. Connell argues that there is not one masculinity, but many different masculinities, each associated with different positions of power. In a world gender order that continues to privilege men over women, but also raises difficult issues for men and boys, Connell s account is more pertinent than ever before.

In a substantial new introduction and conclusion, Connell discusses the development of masculinity studies in the ten years since the book s initial publication. The book explores global gender relations, new theories, and practical uses of masculinity research. Looking to the future, a new concluding chapter addresses the politics of masculinities, and the implications of masculinity research for understanding current world issues. Against the backdrop of an increasingly divided world, dominated by neo-conservative politics, Connell s account highlights a series of compelling questions about the future of human society.

This second edition of Connell s classic book will be essential reading for students taking courses on masculinities and gender studies, and will be of interest to students and scholars across the humanities and social sciences.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 161 x 236 x 27mm | 678g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2nd Edition
  • 0745634265
  • 9780745634265

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"In a new introduction and afterword, Connell reviews more recent work and extends some of his thinking on the significance to masculinity of global economics, politics and culture." Times Higher Education Supplement
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About Raewyn W. Connell

Robert W. Connell, Professor of Education at the University of Sydney
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Table of contents

Introduction to the second edition
Part I: Knowledge and its Problems:
1. The Science of Masculinity.
2. Men's Bodies.
3. The Social Organization of Masculinity.
Part II: Four Studies of the Dynamics of Masculinity: .


4. Live Fast and Die Young.
5. A Whole New World.
6. A Very Straight Gay.
7. Men of Reason.
Part III: History and Politics:
8. The History of Masculinity.
9. Masculinity Politics.
10. Practice and Utopia.
Afterword: The Contemporary Politics of Masculinity
References and bibliography
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