The SAGE Handbook of Gender and Education brings together leading scholars on gender and education to provide an up-to-date and broad-ranging guide to the field. It is a comprehensive overview of different theoretical positions on equity issues in schools. The contributions cover all sectors of education from early years to higher education; curriculum subjects; methodological and theoretical perspectives; and gender identities in education. Each chapter reviews, synthesises, and provides a critical interrogation of key contemporary themes in education. This approach ensures that the book will be an indispensable source of reference for a wide range of readers: students, academics and practitioners.

Understanding Men: Gender Sociology and the New International Research on Masculinities1

Understanding men: Gender sociology and the new international research on masculinities

Introduction: Debates about Men and Boys

In the last decade, there has been an upsurge of concern with issues about men and boys. In the public realm, there have been social movements focused on the reform or restoration of masculinity, such as the ‘mythopoetic’ movement, the Million Man March and the Promise Keepers (Messner, 1997). In education, there has been much talk of boys' ‘failure’ in school and the need for special programs for boys (Connell, 1996; Gilbert and Gilbert, 1998). In health, there has been increasing debate about men's health and illness (Sabo and Gordon, 1995; Schofield et al., 2000). A popular therapeutic movement ...

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