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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.


“It is no secret,” James Messerschmidt I argues in Masculinities and Crime, “who A commits the vast majority of crime. Arrest, self-report, and victimization data all reflect that men and boys both perpetrate more conventional crimes and the more serious of those crimes than do women and girls” (1993, p. 1; see also Messerschmidt, 2000). Likewise, it is also no secret who commits the vast majority of war crimes, or who sits at the helms of national governments and movements around the world, or who articulates the ideologies and dominates the ruling structures of nations and states. Men organize, run, and “man” the machinery of government; they set policy, and they make war; men occupy the vast majority of positions of power and influence ...

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