Studies on Men and Masculinities: Examples and Interpretations


Guest Editors:

Prof. Urszula Kluczyńska, Collegium Da Vinci, Poznań

Dr. Katarzyna Suwada, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland


Critical Studies on Men and Masculinities (CSMM) have been an independent sub-discipline for over thirty years (Brod 1987; Kimmel, Hearn, and Connell 2005). CSMM aim for a critical reflection on diverse and changing patterns of men and masculinities. Although CSMM are primarily based on Western analysis and theoretical concepts, this research area has also become increasingly popular globally.

Gender is perceived as one of the most important aspects of our social reality; however, more critical analyses that define men’s situation from a gender studies perspective are still required. It is due to the fact that gender inequality is not just a lack of equality between men and women, but also between various groups of men themselves. Men as a group are more diverse than one might expect. Individuals who define themselves as men belong to many social categories, depending on age, social class, religion, race, ethnicity and/or nationality, place of residence, (dis)ability, sexuality, family bonds, attitude to equality, perception of one’s body or in what ways care is present in their lives. These categories overlap, interweave and influence one another, not limiting themselves to the above set.

Today research results clearly show that patterns of men and masculinities are changing; thus, new theoretical tools to describe and understand the new situation are indispensable. Consequently, there is a whole network of concepts that deal with gender relations and masculinities. First, there is Connell’s (1995) classic hegemonic masculinity theory, Andersson’s (2009) inclusive masculinity theory, then more recent caring masculinity theory (Elliott 2015) and even the hybrid masculinity concept (Bridges and Pascoe 2014). All of them reflect a changeable society, especially in the context of gender and social inequalities.

Bearing in mind the complexity and diversity of men and masculinities in contemporary society, we would like to invite other academics to contribute to the discussion. We are expecting papers based on CSMM theories and concepts, which present the latest research results, new theories or focus on various aspects of research methodology on men and masculinities.

The deadline for submitting complete contributions, compliant with editorial guidelines is August 31, 2020.

The issue will be published in 2020/2021.

Authors must register online on the Society Register’s webpage:



Anderson, Eric. 2009. Inclusive masculinity: The changing nature of masculinities 1th ed. NY: Routledge.

Bridges, Tristan and C.J. Pascoe. 2014. “Hybrid Masculinities: New Directions in the Sociology of Men and Masculinities.” Sociology Compass 8: 246-58.

Brod, Harry. ed. 1987. The making of masculinities. The new men’s studies 1th ed. London, Sidney: Allen & Unwin.

Connell, R.W. 1995. Masculinities 1th ed. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.

Elliott, Karla. 2015. “Caring masculinities: Theorizing an emerging concept.” Men and Masculinities 12: 1-20.

Kimmel, Michael S., Jeff Hearn and R.W. Connell ed. 2005. Handbook of Studies on Men and Masculinities 1th. Thousand Oaks, London, New Delhi: Sage Publications.