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R. W. Connell

In: Handbook of Studies on Men & Masculinities

Chapter 5: Globalization, Imperialism, and Masculinities

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Globalization, Imperialism, and Masculinities
Globalization, imperialism, and masculinities
R. W.Connell
The Need for a Global Perspective in Studies of Men and Masculinity

Recent research on the social construction of masculinity has been very diverse in subject matter and social location, but it has had a characteristic focus and style. Its main focus has been the making of masculinity in a particular milieu or moment, whether a professional sports career in the United States (Messner, 1992), a group of colonial schools in South Africa (Morrell, 2001b), drinking groups in Australian bars (Tomsen, 1997), a working class suburb in Brazil (Fonseca, 2001), or the marriage plans of young middle class men in urban Japan (Taga, 2001). The characteristic research style has been ethnographic, making use of participant observation, open-ended interviewing, ...

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