Masculinities in Play

  • Nicholas Taylor
  • Gerald Voorhees

Part of the Palgrave Games in Context book series (PAGCON)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Nicholas Taylor, Gerald Voorhees
    Pages 1-19
  3. Act Like a Man: Representations of Masculinity

  4. Now You’re Playing with Power Tools: Gendering Assemblages

  5. The Right Man for the Job: Gaming and Social Futures

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 281-291

About this book


This volume addresses the persistent and frequently toxic associations between masculinity and games. It explores many of the critical issues in contemporary studies of masculinity—including issues of fatherhood, homoeroticism, eSports, fan cultures, and militarism—and their intersections with digital games, the contexts of their play, and the social futures associated with sustained involvement in gaming cultures. Unlike much of the research and public discourse that put the onus of “fixing” games and gaming cultures on those at its margins—women, LGBTQ, and people of color—this volume turns attention to men and masculinities, offering vital and productive avenues for both practical and theoretical intervention.


Masculinity and Technology Masculinity and Digital Culture Gamergate Digital Gaming Toxic Masculinity eSports Commercial Gaming Misogyny and Gaming

Editors and affiliations

  • Nicholas Taylor
    • 1
  • Gerald Voorhees
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of CommunicationNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleigh, NCUSA
  2. 2.Department of Communication ArtsUniversity of WaterlooWaterloo, ONCanada

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