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Masculinities and Geography

  • By: Susanne Stenbacka
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Masculinity is a concept that first and foremost implies that how men and women live and practice their lives is dependent on gender relations. Within these relations, masculinities take place and are expressed through practices that, according to Robert Connell, affect experience, personality, and culture. But the concept also has geographical implications as expressions of masculinities vary from place to place and influence place identities and local ongoing negotiations within existing gender relations. Masculinity cannot be understood as a singular or a static concept but will vary through space and time.

By focusing on the processes and relationships that define the variations among different masculinities, it is possible to reveal geographical variations but also difference in status and hegemonic power. Spatial inequalities in the form ...

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