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  MSC - Masculinities & Social Change
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   ISSN (Print) 2014-3605
   Published by Hipatia Press Homepage  [14 journals]
  • Full Issue

    • Authors: Oriol Rios
      Pages: 123 - 214
      PubDate: 2015-06-21
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2015)
  • Black Masculinity and Plantation Patriarchy in Margaret Walker’s

    • Authors: Agnieszka Lobodziec
      Pages: 123 - 143
      Abstract: In Jubilee, Margaret Walker depicts plantation patriarchy as a racial and gendered context that coerces black men to redefine their masculine conceptualizations. The fictitious slave plantation represents the system which commodifies and divides black people “into those with skills […], field hands, ‘breeding females,’ concubines, and children” (Nichols 1972, p. 10). This portrayal of slave plantation is congruent with historically documented circumstances, when “Much of [the slave] labor was gender- or age- specific” (Ash 2010, p. 20). As far as the position of black men is concerned, ascribed a subordinate status to that of white masters, overseers, and servants, both free and enslaved black men begin to imbibe patriarchal mindset and redefine their own masculine prowess. As Margaret Walker portrays, this response to oppressive plantation patriarchy effects multifarious black male postures, ranging from resisting and self-asserting warriors to humiliated and silenced victims.
      PubDate: 2015-06-21
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2015)
  • Queering Catholic Fundamentalism: On Liking Theology in Masculinities

    • Authors: Kevin Burke
      Pages: 144 - 162
      Abstract: This article seeks to build on recent movement in the fields of religion and gender studies in order to analyze and critically reflect on “the relation, confrontation and intersection of gender and religion” (Korte, 2011, p. 2). Here the author works to investigate the possibility that emerges in new forms of analysis that marry theological interventions with masculinities studies as a way to newly attend to patriarchy and fundamentalism. Utilizing feminist Catholic theology, the work addresses unique and recent problems that have emerged in the Church in the face of a new era that appears both more progressive and that has engendered conservative backlash.  Along the way the article addresses issues of gender and sexuality as they relate to the priesthood and Pope Francis’ recent assertions linking gender theory to ideological colonization and even nuclear armaments.
      PubDate: 2015-06-21
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2015)
  • Crossing Gender Boundaries or Challenging Masculinities? Female
           Combatants in the Kenya Defence Forces’ (KDF) War against Al-Shabaab

    • Authors: Mokua Ombati
      Pages: 163 - 185
      Abstract: Few institutions have historically presented more defined gender boundaries than the military. This study examines gender and war through the lens of military combat roles. Military combat roles have traditionally relied on and manipulated ideas about masculinity and femininity. Women arrive in the army with different types of capital and bring with them a shared cultural ‘tool kit’ (womanhood). Following the military’s labour allocation process, they are assigned combat roles, which is at variance to their gendered character. Assignment in non-traditional feminine roles means crossing gender boundaries. Ethnographic studies of the Kenya Defence Forces operations in Somalia reveal the different gendered characteristics of the military roles as reflected in the women’s soldiery experiences. The encounter with military power and authority challenges the women soldiers to redefine their feminine capital, to interpret the military reality via a gendered lens and, therefore, to critically (re)examine the patriarchal order. Grounded on the twin theoretical frameworks of socio-cultural capitals and cultural scripts, and structured on a gender framing of women’s military roles, the study illustrates the complex and contradictory realities of women in the army. The study unpacks the relationship between masculinity and femininity, and, war and the military. It underpins the value of the female soldier as a figurative illustration of the complex interrelations between the gendered politics of masculinity and femininity. It considers what the acts, practices and performances constitutive of female soldiering reveal about particular modes of governance, regulation and politics that arise from the sacrifices of soldiers in combatant. 
      PubDate: 2015-06-21
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2015)
  • Building a Public Policy Agenda Gender of Men in Mexico: Prolegomenon

    • Pages: 186 - 210
      Abstract: Building a public policy agenda that promotes equality and gender equity from the perspective of gender of men, involves the recognition of certain sociocultural gender problems. The aim of this paper is to show the results of the first stage of a larger project, which is an input for the creation of a public policy agenda built by stakeholders (research, services, government) in various problems experienced by the men as subjects of gender in Mexico and considered are feasible transformation through the implementation of public policies. The results of a survey of which the main issues-problems that have implications for public policies identified are presented, the agencies involved in finding solutions; the stakeholders; alliances and / or established and / or necessary to promote the establishment of the agenda and proposed public policy coalitions.
      PubDate: 2015-06-21
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2015)
  • Alternative Masculinities for a Changing World

    • Authors: Liviu Catalin Mara
      Pages: 211 - 212
      PubDate: 2015-06-21
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2015)
  • Religious Men and Masculine Identity in the Middle Ages

    • Authors: Miguel Angel Pulido
      Pages: 213 - 214
      PubDate: 2015-06-21
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 2 (2015)
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