Title

The Salience of "Hegemonic Masculinity"

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-12-2019

Publication Title

Men and Masculinities

Keywords

Hegemonic masculinity, formulation, reformulation, amplification, legitimation, misinterpretation

Abstract

This article argues that the concept of “hegemonic masculinity” remains highly salient to critical masculinities studies. The author outlines Raewyn Connell's initial formulation of the concept, how that initial model of hegemonic masculinity has been historically misinterpreted, the reformulation of the concept by Connell and Messerschmidt, and the recent scholarly amplification of the concept. The author concludes that Connell’s original emphasis on the legitimation of unequal gender relations remains essential to both the concept and to the field of critical masculinities studies.

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