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What is hegemonic masculinity?

March 15, 2012

“Hegemonic masculinity was [and is] not assumed to be normal in the statistical sense; only a minority of men might enact it. But it was certainly normative.”[1]

“Masculinity is not a fixed entity embedded in the body or personality traits of individuals. Masculinities are configurations of practice that are accomplished in social action and, therefore, can differ according to the gender relations in a particular social setting.”[2]


[1]832 R. W. Connell and James W. Messerschmidt (2005) ‘Hegemonic masculinity: rethinking the concept’ Gender & Society 19(6)December: 829-859

[2]836 R. W. Connell and James W. Messerschmidt (2005) ‘Hegemonic masculinity: rethinking the concept’ Gender & Society 19(6)December: 829-859

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