Howson, Richard, 2008, Hegemonic masculinity in the theory of hegemony, Men and Masculinities, 11(1), 109-113.
The article “Rethinking Hegemonic Masculinity in a Globalizing World” by Christine Beasley (2008) begins to articulate a set of theoretical issues that for masculinities studies today, marked as it is by the “ethnographic moment,” are of some considerable importance because they offer a much needed infusion of “realism” to the abstractions of “sex-role theory . . . biological essentialism, religious revivalism and mystical generalities” that have become part of contemporary Western culture’s understanding of men and masculinities (Connell 2005, 71). But more, it has enabled the opening up of new spaces from which questions can be raised about key theoretical axioms, such as hegemonic masculinity. The article by Beasley is a significant example of this new critique.