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Chapter 2: Masculinity as Fact: A Review of Empirical Mass Communication Research on Masculinity

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Masculinity as Fact: A Review of Empirical Mass Communication Research on Masculinity
Masculinity as fact: A review of empirical mass communication research on masculinity
FredJ.Fejes

In media studies, the topic of masculinity is only at the very earliest stages of emerging as a research area in its own right. Compared to the study of women and the media, one finds few studies explicitly addressing the interrelationship between the media and social definitions of masculinity. For example, in review of the empirical literature of the past decade, the author was able to locate only five items that focused primarily on men and masculinity (Cantor, 1990; Gray, 1986; Meyers, 1980; Postman, Nystrom, Strate, & Weingarter, 1987; Skelly & Lundstrom, 1981) and two of these were qualitative in nature.

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