Critical Masculinity Studies and Research on Violence Against Women: An Assessment of Past Scholarship and Future Directions

Edward W. Morris, Kathleen Ratajczak

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Abstract

This article investigates the role of critical masculinity theory on the field of violence against women (VAW). We conduct a meta-analysis to discern which theories of masculinity have been used within the journal Violence Against Women over the past 25 years. This search revealed that many articles use masculinity concepts but do not always articulate explicit theories of masculinity. We review hegemonic masculinity and male peer support, two of the most commonly used theories of masculinity and violence. We then discuss new developments within masculinity scholarship, including theories of manhood acts, inclusive masculinity, and hybrid masculinity, and consider how these perspectives can enhance the already robust scholarship on masculinity and VAW.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1980-2006
Number of pages27
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume25
Issue number16
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019

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Keywords

  • critical masculinity studies
  • gender-based violence
  • masculinity theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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