Masculinity Essay

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Hegemonic Masculinity: Rethinking the Concept Author(s): R. W. Connell and James W. Messerschmidt Reviewed work(s): Source: Gender and Society, Vol. 19, No. 6 (Dec., 2005), pp. 829-859 Published by: Sage Publications, Inc. Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27640853 . Accessed: 18/02/2012 09:18 Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions of Use, available at . http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new forms of scholarship. For more information about JSTOR, please contact support@jstor.org. Sage Publications, Inc. is collaborating with JSTOR to digitize, preserve and extend access to Gender and Society. http://www.jstor.org Perspective HEGEMONIC MASCULINITY Rethinking R. W. CONNELL University University of Sydney, Australia JAMES W. MESSERSCHMIDT of Southern Maine the Concept has influenced gender studies across many academic fields but The concept of hegemonic masculinity has also attracted serious criticism. The authors trace the origin of the concept in a convergence of ideas in the early 1980s and map the ways itwas applied when research on men and masculinities expanded. which in the authors defend the underlying concept of masculinity, the principal criticisms, Evaluating the criticism of trait models of gender and most research use is neither reified nor essentialist. However, can be is sound. The treatment of the subject in research on hegemonic masculinity rigid typologies limits to discursive flexibility must be models, although improved with the aid of recent psychological does not equate to a model of social reproduction; we

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