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Richard Howson, Challenging Hegemonic Masculinity, Series: Routledge Advances in Sociology, Routledge, London, 2009, 190p.


The past 20 years have seen a growing interest in the issues surrounding men and masculinity. This has been driven primarily by the second-wave feminist critique of the legitimacy or hegemony of masculine practice and culture. The hegemony of men in social spheres such as the family, law and the workplace can no longer be taken for granted. This book contributes to contemporary understandings of men and masculinity, presenting a detailed examination of hegemonic masculinity. Challenging Hegemonic Masculinity is an innovative and radical exploration of domination, gender and social justice. Beginning with the work of Antonio Gramsci, Richard Howson develops the full complexity of Gramsci's theory of hegemony, presenting a tripartite model of hegemony. The book also engages with Connell's models of masculinities, and through extending and elaborating on Connell's theories, offers new possibilities for social justice.