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.

Men, Masculinities, and Crime

Men, masculinities, and crime
James W.Messerschmidt

In recent years, there has emerged a new and growing interest in the relationship among men, masculinities, and crime. Since the early 1990s, numerous works have been published, from individually authored books (Collier, 1998; Hobbs, 1995; Messerschmidt, 1993, 1997, 2000; Polk, 1994; Winlow, 2001), to edited volumes (Bowker, 1998; Newburn & Stanko, 1994; Sabo, Kupers, & London, 2001), to special issues of academic journals (Carlen & Jefferson, 1996). This is not the first time criminologists have been interested in masculinity and its relationship to crime. Such luminaries as Edwin Sutherland and Albert Cohen can be credited with actually placing masculinity on the criminological agenda by perceiving the theoretical importance of the gendered nature of crime. Yet these ...

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