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Only for the brave? Political men and masculinities: change agents for gender equality

Only for the brave? Political men and masculinities: change agents for gender equality

Luyt, Russell and Starck, Kathleen (2019) Only for the brave? Political men and masculinities: change agents for gender equality. Masculine power and gender equality: Political masculinities as change agents. Springer. (In Press)

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Abstract

This chapter draws on recent debates concerning the concept of political masculinities and its application, including the contributors’ work to this volume, to critically consider its definition and use. In doing so, we identify and discuss areas of critique, including: ‘a singular or multiple concepts of political masculinities’, ‘locating political masculinities within a conceptual landscape’, and ‘understanding power and political masculinities’. We argue that the concept of political masculinities holds continued theoretical and applied value as demonstrated in its use in understanding men and masculinities’ contribution as, or in support of, “change agents” for gender equality. An associated literature highlights the specificities and potential pitfalls of political men and masculinities as agents of change. These are very different from the challenges that women face when engaging in the struggle for gender equality. And yet the benefit of men’s involvement as, or in support of change agents for gender equality, is clear. The need for critical consideration of these pitfalls and men’s self-reflection concerning their contribution toward progressive gender change is necessary. But accepting this, the need for men’s pro-feminist engagement remains undiminished.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: change agents, gender equality, social change, political masculinities, men, pro-feminism
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2019 12:26
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/25621

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