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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.

Masculinity and Degrees of Bodily Normativity in Western Culture
Masculinity and degrees of bodily normativity in western culture
Thomas J.Gerschick

What makes someone male or a man? Are people born with an unalterable sex, or can it be changed at will? If one is assigned to the sex category “male,” must he always remain there? If one thinks of oneself as a man, is one? Must one have a penis in order to be a man? To what degree are sex and gender physical characteristics based in one's genetic code, the brain, and the body, and to what degree are they psychological, cultural, or social constructions? Do the answers to the above questions differ as historical, cultural, and structural contexts change? These questions concerning the relationship between ...

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