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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.

Social Theories for Researching Men and Masculinities: Direct Gender Hierarchy and Structural Inequality
Social theories for researching men and masculinities: Direct gender hierarchy and structural inequality
ØYstein GullvåGHolter

While men are frequently the agents of the oppression of women, and in many senses benefit from it, their interests in the gender order are not pregiven but constructed by and within it. Since in many ways men's human needs and capacities are not met within the gender orders of modern societies, they also have a latent “emancipatory interest” in their transformation.

—Caroline New (2001)

Men are encountering the shamefulness of being a man as such and at all…. I suggest that, where shame tends nowadays to be seen as a moral emotion, and to be discussed as an ethical problem, ...

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