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Inclusive Masculinity: The Changing Nature of Masculinities (Routledge Research in Gender and Society) Hardcover – June 8, 2009

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"With this book, Eric Anderson is now poised to move us to the next generation of masculinity scholarship. Respectfully building upon the groundbreaking works of Connell, Messner, Kimmel and Sabo, Anderson demonstrates how the lessening of "homohysteria" frees up the expression of masculinities to include previously stigmatized forms. Anderson's unorthodox but impressively expansive research has taken him into more and diverse a range of settings than most ethnographers get to in a life time. This is a very important work because it argues through a lens of combined and uneven gender development. As a result, this is simultaneously a bold and nuanced work... It will, in short order, become a benchmark for studies of masculinity."

―Professor Alan Klein, author of Little Big Men: Body Building Subculture and Gender Construction

"Gender stereotypes tend to portray male athletes and fraternity members as among the most homophobic of men, perhaps as over-compensation for the amount of intensely physical contact they have with each other. Eric Anderson's deft ethnographies enable him to see something else stirring in those locker rooms, something genuinely inclusive. And this becomes the basis for a new theoretical understanding of masculinities―at once compelling and provocative. This is an astonishing book―one rich with insights and suffused with hope."

―Professor Michael S. Kimmel, author of Guyland: The Perilous World Where Guys Become Men.

'While there is growing evidence that homophobia is declining in social life, few people expected to find evidence of this in, of all places, fraternities and men's sports. Set against well-known critiques of these homosocial realms as sites for the reproduction of male hierarchies, Eric Anderson's research gives us some cause for (dare I say it?) optimism.'

―Professor Michael A. Messner, author of It's all for the kids: Gender, Families and Youth Sports.

"Eric Anderson's latest book is a touchstone for readers to rethink their assumptions about men and masculinities in sport and the contemporary culture. He taps qualitative data to speculate about emerging changes in young men's relationships, emotions, and identities."

―Don Sabo, Ph.D., Professor of Health Policy, D'Youville College

"In this intriguing work, Anderson (policy and social sciences, Univ. of Bath, UK) delivers an ethnographic study of the changing contours of British and US manhood....Recommended." 

― Choice, February 2010

About the Author

Professor Eric Anderson is an American sociologist at the University of Winchester, UK. He is well known for his research on sport, masculinities, sexualities and homophobia. He has authored several books including Sport, Theory and Social Problems (2010) and the award-winning In the Game: Gay Athletes and the Cult of Masculinity (2005).

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Product Details

  • Series: Routledge Research in Gender and Society
  • Hardcover: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (June 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415804620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415804622
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,769,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Anderson provides a new explanation for the changes in male behavior over the past 10-15 years. Specifically, why men are becoming more openly affectionate and are spurning the use of homophobia to marginalize and control other men. His theory has important, positive implications for men and women, gay or straight. The previous reviewer appears to be bias against qualitative research methods. Contrary to the previous reviewer, Dr. Anderson's studies are more than haphazard conversations as the reviewer tries to suggest. Some of Dr. Anderson's other work is controversial, but this particular book provides a framework for how some men define their masculinity and interact with the world around them.
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Eric Anderson's books such as The Monogamy Gap and Inclusive Masculinity: The Changing Nature of Masculinities do not fulfil the definitions of academic research.
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They are not rigorous, intellectual, logical investigations of precise data gathered in an objective fashion to answer questions set out in a clear, unambiguous way. His books are based on his personal notes of interviews with a laughably small sample of young men selected by himself. That is not objective or meaningful. They are not based
within any discipline of such reliable research and he has not carried out any scientific, repeatable experiments. When speaking in public he admits that he often carries out his "research" by chatting up male students in bars.
The books are woolly, vague, subjective and self-indulgent, full of pretentious jargon signifying nothing. They are mere journalism, not research.
Inclusive Masculinity is just a lot of waffle about popular TV shows.
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