Hegemonic Masculinity

  title={Hegemonic Masculinity},
  author={Robert W. Connell and James W. Messerschmidt},
  journal={Gender \& Society},
  pages={829 - 859}
The concept of hegemonic masculinity has influenced gender studies across many academic fields but 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 it was applied when research on men and masculinities expanded. Evaluating the principal criticisms, the authors defend the underlying concept of masculinity, which in most research use is neither reified nor essentialist. However, the criticism of trait… 

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