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R. W. Connell, Jeff Hearn & Michael S. Kimmel

In: Handbook of Studies on Men & Masculinities

Chapter 1: Introduction

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Introduction
Introduction
R. W.Connell, JeffHearn, Michael S.Kimmel

In recent decades, the study of gender has expanded rapidly and with it, studies of gender issues about men and masculinities. Interest in these questions has developed across the social sciences, the humanities, the biological sciences, and (to some extent) in other fields. This research interest reflects a growing public interest in men's and boys' identities, conduct, and problems, ranging from men's violence to boys' difficulties in school.

The field of gender research has mainly addressed questions about women and has mainly been developed by women. The impulse to develop gender studies has come mainly from contemporary feminism, and women have therefore mainly been the ones to make gender visible in contemporary scholarship and in public forums.

Revealing the dynamics of gender, ...

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