What is “Masculinity”? Conceptual Keys to Critical Studies in Men and Masculinities

Authors

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14515/monitoring.2018.6.03

Keywords:

masculinity, hegemonic masculinity, intersectionality, masculine hierarchies

Abstract

This article focuses on the key categories, which define the field of Critical Men’s Studies, widely used in gender studies and even emerge in public discourse. We consider the central concept of this field of knowledge — “hegemonic masculinity” — and its use to analyze the hierarchies of “subordinated” and “marginalized” masculinities. We also analyze such discursive derivative constructs of “hegemonic masculinity” as the “crisis of masculinity” and the metaphor of “angry white men”. As a result, these conceptual keys allow us to comprehend the intersectional turn in modern gender studies, which is so difficult to explain to public.

Author Biographies

Elena A. Zdravomyslova, European University

  • European University, Saint Petersburg, Russia
    • Cand. Sci. (Soc.), Professor, Co-Director of the Gender Studies Program

Anna A. Temkina, European University at Saint Petersburg

  • European University, Saint Petersburg, Russia
    • PhD in Sociology, Professor, Co-Director of the Gender Studies Program

Published

2018-12-16

Issue

Section

GENDER, FAMILY, SEXUALITY: FOLLOWING IGOR S. KON (16+)