Masculinities under Neoliberalism

Edited by Andrea Cornwall, Frank Karioris, and Nancy Lindisfarne

Masculinities under Neoliberalism

Edited by Andrea Cornwall, Frank Karioris, and Nancy Lindisfarne

Distributed for Zed Books

225 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2016
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783607662 Published May 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Neoliberalism has had a radical impact on how people perceive and experience gender around the world. But while the impact of this economic and social framework on gender has received significant scholarly attention in the case of women, there has been a dearth of scholarship on how it affects men’s experience and understanding of gender. Building on the work of Cornwall and Lindisfarne’s landmark text Dislocating Masculinity, this collection provides a fresh perspective on gender dynamics under neoliberalism.
The subjects covered in Masculinities under Neoliberalism range from working class men in Putin’s Russia to colonial masculinities in Southern Rhodesia and from young British Muslim men to amateur footballers in Jamaica, offering a unique glimpse into the lives of men across the globe. The contributors show how neoliberalism has transformed gender relations as well as how we understand and enact masculinity. Masculinities under Neoliberalism holds important implications not only for the study of gender, but also for sociology, development, and postcolonial studies.
About the contributors

1. Introduction: masculinities under neoliberalism
Andrea Cornwall

2. Masculinities and the lived experienced of neoliberalism
Nancy Lindisfarne and Jonathan Neale 

3. In Search of ‘stability’: working-class men, masculinity and wellbeing in contemporary Russia
Charlie Walker

4. ‘Filial son’, dislocated masculinity and the making of male migrant workers in urban China
Xiaodong Lin

5. Taking the long view: attaining and sustaining masculinity across the life course in south India
Penny Vera-Sanso

6. Desperate markets and desperate masculinities in Morocco
Joe Hayns

7. Neutralized bachelors, infantilized Arabs: between migrant and host—gendered and sexual stereotypes in Abu Dhabi
Jane Bristol-Rhys and Caroline Osella

8. Windsurfers, capoeiristas and musicians: Brazilian masculinities in transnational scenarios
Adriana Piscitelli 

9. ‘I must stand like a man’: masculinity in crisis in post-war Sierra Leone
Luisa Enria

10. Fatherhood and intergenerational struggles in the construction of masculinities in Huambo, Angola
John Spall

11. Masculinity, marriage and the Bible: new Pentecostalist masculinities in Zimbabwe
Diana Jeater

12. From Big Man to Whole Man: making moral masculinities at the YMCA
Ross Wignall

13. (Dis)locating masculinities: ethnographic reflections of British Muslim young men
Martin Mac an Ghall and Chris Haywood

14. Football field, bar, and street corner: sports, space, and masculinities in rural Jamaica
William Tantam
15. Ducks, dogs, and men: ‘natural’ masculinities in New Zealand duck hunting
Carmen McLeod 

16. (Dis)locations of homosociality: men in an all-male university residence hall
Frank G. Karioris

17. Homosociality and heterosex: patterns of intimacy and relationality among men in the London ‘seduction community’
Rachel O’Neill 

Review Quotes
William G. Doty | Journal of Men's Studies
"Impressive and path-setting. . . . The contributors have taken a giant step beyond inappropriate generalizing and abstracting in masculinist studies."
Gender, Place and Culture
“'Readers from a wide range of disciplines will appreciate the far-reaching scope of the volume. . . . It is a welcome addition to any social science syllabus dealing with gender, capitalism, and the intersection of the two.”
Culture, Society and Masculinities
“This book is both a valuable and timely contribution to studies of men and masculinities . . . can easily find a place in courses for upper-level undergraduate students or in graduate courses on masculinities, gender, or globalization.”
Allegra Laboratory
Masculinities under Neoliberalism stands out because of its rich case studies and its timely focus on how masculinities are subject to change in a neoliberal system.”
Men and Masculinities
“[A] thought-provoking, cohesive, and engrossing collection of anthropological research that will be of interest to all masculinity scholars.”
Jane Parpart, coeditor of Rethinking the Man Question
“Drawing on innovative studies from around the world, Masculinities under Neoliberalism provides exciting new insights into the study of masculinities and gender relations in an increasingly unequal neoliberal world. A must read for scholars, policy-makers and concerned citizens.”
Michael Kimmel, executive director, Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities
“If, as Schumpeter argued, the essential fact about capitalism is its ‘creative destruction,’ one of the relationships it disrupts are ideologies of gender.  In this essential volume, the authors show how globalization brings dislocation, upheaval, and migrations to older ideas about masculinity, leading to other forms of destabilization.”
Nikki van der Gaag, author of Feminism and Men
“An important and fascinating contribution to global perspectives on what it means to be a man in a time of rising inequality and economic uncertainty.”
Victor Seidler, Goldsmiths, University of London
“A wonderful and politically timely collection with a global reach, Masculinities under Neoliberalism brings together insightful ethnographic studies that explore changing power and anxieties of men's lives in different cultural contexts. Interdisciplinary and grounded in comparative approaches it explores what is happening to men and masculinities in tense times of global economic crisis and rising inequalities.”
Journal of Extreme Anthropology
Masculinities under Neoliberalism is not just an important, comprehensible, and extremely timely endeavor to grasp the immeasurable impacts of neoliberal reforms . . . [the book] is itself a historical document, a product of its own time, written in the incongruous prose of urgency and futility that captures the spirit of today. . . . A profound dissection into different life-worlds.”
Sherry B. Ortner, University of Michigan
“A timely volume with an important introduction by the editors which will set the terms of the debate on issues of men and masculinity for some time to come. The arguments should be accessible to advanced undergraduates as well as graduate students, and the book will be useful in anthropology and gender courses alike.”
Matthew Gutmann, Brown University
“A powerful mix combining contributions from major figures and emerging stars in masculinities studies. The sparkling analysis throughout should attract new interest and inspire new work in the field.”
Raewyn Connell, University of Sydney
“With its vivid pictures of masculinities under stress in different regions and cultures, Masculinities Under Neoliberalism is a very rich resource for understanding contemporary men’s and women’s lives.”
Robert Morell, University of Capetown
“In this book we have a rare and rich tapestry of individual and groups of men operating against the vast backdrop of neoliberalism. This is a fine book with a surprisingly hopeful message.”
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