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Masculinities and the Law: A Multidimensional Approach

Frank Rudy Cooper and Ann C. McGinley


According to masculinities theory, masculinity is not a biological imperative but a social construction. Men engage in a constant struggle with other men to prove their masculinity. This book develops a multidimensional approach. It sees categories of identity—including various forms of raced, classed, and sex-oriented masculinities—as operating simultaneously and creating different effects in different contexts. By applying multidimensional masculinities theory to law, the book both expands the field of masculinities and develops new thinking about important issues in feminist and critical ra ... More

Keywords: masculinities theory, masculinity, feminist theories, critical race theories, employment discrimination, migrant fathers, masculine esteem, homophobia

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780814764039
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814764039.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frank Rudy Cooper, editor

Ann C. McGinley, editor

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Ann C. McGinley and Frank Rudy Cooper

Part I Theorizing Multidimensional Masculinities

1 Feminist Legal Theory Meets Masculinities Theory

Nancy E. Dowd, Nancy Levit, and Ann C. McGinley

2 Masculinity by Law

Devon W. Carbado

3 The Multidimensional Turn

Athena D. Mutua

4 The King Stay the King

Frank Rudy Cooper

Part II Telling Stories about (Heroic) Masculinities

5 Rescue Me

Robert Chang

Part III Questioning Segregation in Masculine Spaces

9 E-race-ing Gender

Kim Shayo Buchanan

10 Sport and Masculinity

Deborah L. Brake

Part IV Constructing Masculinities in the Global Context

11 Masculinities and Child Soldiers in Post-Conflict Societies

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Naomi Cahn, and Dina Haynes

12 Sexuality without Borders

Camille A. Nelson