Popular media in North America is full of stories about ‘the crisis in masculinity.’ Many normative assumptions about what it means to be a man or to be masculine are being challenged. Even ‘hypermasculine’ arenas such as the military and professional sport are finding that patriarchal social structures that seemed to provide bases for establishing masculine identities are far weaker and more tenuous than many people thought.
Scholarship in the field of masculinities uses a multiplicity of approaches within sociology alongside a varied and wide-ranging interdisciplinary conversation amongst and across many other disciplines. Men’s groups and courses in men’s studies are increasingly common in Canada and elsewhere as academics and activists fit masculinities into current debates around sexual difference, gender and sexuality. One of the ways forward is to ground these theoretical debates in embodied practices of people who put masculinities into practice within specific places and times. This panel will provide a timely forum for scholars from Canada and elsewhere to further explore current research on men and/or masculinities and how it fits into the broader realm of social theory.
Session Organizers: Steve Garlick, PhD, University of Victoria, firstname.lastname@example.org andKevin Partridge, PhD Student, Carleton University, email@example.com
Session Co-organizer: Vanessa Brown, Carleton University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Session Chair: Steve Garlick, University of Victoria
This session has been divided into three sub-sessions.
Transitions in Masculinities
Session Code: GS6-A
Session Code: GS6-B
Masculinities & Sexualities
Session Code: GS6-C