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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.

The Study of Masculinities and Men's Health: An Overview
The study of masculinities and men's health: An overview

Scholars and researchers have begun to study the influences of gender on men's health and illness (Courtenay & Keeling, 2000; Sabo & Gordon, 1995; Schofield, Connell, Walker, Wood, & Butland, 2000). The growth of women's health movements in the 1960s and 1970s fueled systematic and interdisciplinary studies of gender and health, and by the mid-1980s, the focus on gender had become a recognizable aspect of epidemiology, medical sociology, and interdisciplinary studies of psychosocial aspects of illness (Lorber, 1997; Stillion, 1985; Verbrugge, 1985; Waldron, 1983). However, most of this early work on gender and health revolved almost exclusively around women. For some men, the reconceptu-alization of gender that was ...

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