Exploring Masculinities: Identity, Inequality, Continuity, and Change is a comprehensive and contemporary reader for the growing field of men’s and masculinities studies. It takes a conceptual approach by covering the wide range of scholarship being done on masculinities beyond the model of hegemonic masculinity. C.J. Pascoe and Tristan Bridges extend the boundaries of the field and provide a new framework for understanding masculinities studies. Rather than taking a topics-based approach to masculinity, Exploring Masculinities offers an innovative conceptual approach that enables students to study a given phenomenon from a variety of perspectives. It divides up the field in ways that provide accessible introductions to complex debates and key intra- and interdisciplinary distinctions. The book provides a portable set of conceptual tools on which scholars and students can rely to analyze masculinities in different contexts, time periods, and embodiments.
“…a vital contribution to gender scholarship as it opens up many new and different ways of thinking and talking about masculinity, while still leaving much to be explored.” (Theordora H. Sakellarides, Lebanon Valley College)
“…the most in-depth and comprehensive treatment of masculinities around.” (Freeden Oeur, Tufts University)
“…unambiguously contributes to the study of masculinities. It explicitly interrogates the fluidity of masculinities—how they transform over history, differ across contexts and groups, compel individuals and groups to navigate the nested systems of dominance underpinning “established” gender practices, and how they are discursive
and symbolic.” (Edward H. Thompson, Jr., College of the Holy Cross)
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Othering Other Men: Hybrid Masculinities and Transformations in Gender and Politics among Men (manuscript and prospectus in preparation)
This qualitative, multi-method research project compares three separate groups of men with very different gender-political affiliations and levels of awareness of gender and sexual inequality. In this research, I compared two groups of men at the ostensible poles of men’s gender-political activism—a pro-feminist group and a fathers’ rights activist organization—with a group of men less concerned with inequality and whose gender-political affiliation is less easily defined: a group of male bar regulars. One of my key findings is that men in all three of these groups challenge conventional understandings of masculinity and push the boundaries of contemporary masculinity through their performances of gender. Building on and retheorizing an emerging literature on “hybrid masculinities,” this work examines the ways that men in each group positioned their themselves as men simultaneously against and alongside an array of “Other” men (often, non-white, lower class, and most interestingly, gay). The gender identity projects in which these men engage are intimately connected with a larger transformation in gender relations: the increasing visibility of the privilege. On the heels of several waves of feminist activism, this project traces the gendered strategies of action newly made available to contemporary men and the ways that gender inequality is both challenged and reproduced in their wake.
The Hybrid Masculinities Reader (prospectus being revised)
Research on “hybrid masculinities” considers the meanings, significance, and consequences associated with the ways that men (and sometimes women, too) are selectively borrowing elements associated with various masculinities that do not historically or culturally “belong” to them. In our review (Bridges and Pascoe 2014), we discovered that research on contemporary young, straight, white men has primarily discovered emergent gender practices and performances that work in ways that often obscure enduring forms of power and inequality from which this group still benefits. In this volume, we are building on this theorization with two additional considerations. First we are interested in incorporating research that might be framed within this perspective focusing on groups other than young, straight, white men (most centrally, women, transmen, and non-white men). Other groups likely engage in hybrid masculinities for different reasons and with distinct consequences. Additionally, we are interested in more closely exploring the conditions under which hybrid masculinities might weaken or challenge existing power relations rather than (or in addition to) reproducing or legitimizing them.
Sociology NOW, third edition (under contract, Pearson)
This introduction to the field of sociology explains how the classic concerns of sociologists–social order, social conflict, social interaction–have been reshaped. Sociology has always offered a way to make sense of the complex and sometimes contradictory forces that shape our social lives in any era. As Sociology NOW explains, sociology is both a body of knowledge and a “way of seeing”-the sociological imagination. In this revision, Kimmel, Aronson, and Bridges offer a new framework for teaching the sociological imagination, a model they call “iSoc.” iSoc provides students with a new way of understanding the ways that sociologists look at the world with new up-to-date examples of cutting-edge scholarship offering a dynamic overview of the body of knowledge this field has produced. In the third edition, Sociology NOW will be available as a digital textbook (using Pearson’s REVEL platform) as well as in print. Digital readers will get additional insights from the authors in the form of video clips, video animations about key concepts, ideas, and findings, and an array of interactive maps, graphs, and visuals allowing students to interact with the material as they encounter it in the text.