The Handbook of Studies on Men and Masculinities is an interdisciplinary and international culmination of the growth of men's studies that also offers insight about future directions for the field. The Handbook provides a broad view of masculinities primarily across the social sciences, with the inclusion of important debates in some areas of the humanities and natural sciences. The various approaches presented in this Handbook range across different disciplines, theoretical perspectives, methodologies, and conceptualizations in relation to the topic of men. Editors Michael S. Kimmel, Jeff Hearn, and Robert W. Connell have assembled an esteemed group of contributors who are among the best-known experts in their particular fields.
Chapter 1: Introduction
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, ...