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Masculinity is the set of social practices and cultural representations associated with being a man. The plural ‘masculinities’ is also used in recognition that ways of being a man and cultural representations of/about men vary, both historically and culturally, between societies and between different groupings of men within any one society.

The feminist critique of masculinity as that against which women are defined as ‘the Other’ has a long history, but writing on masculinities grew hugely from the 1980s onwards. In the words of one contributor, ‘it seems as if every man and his dog is writing a book on masculinities’ (MacInnes 1998: 1). In the literature on masculinities, evaluations of masculinity and explanations of the links between masculinity/masculinities and those people defined as ‘men’ ...

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