What is Masculinity?

Historical Dynamics from Antiquity to the Contemporary World

  • John H. Arnold
  • Sean Brady

Part of the Genders and Sexualities in History book series (GSX)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. John H. Arnold, Sean Brady
      Pages 1-14
  3. Paradigms and Nomenclature

  4. Masculinity and Hegemony

  5. Maturing and Adulthood

  6. Domesticities

  7. Modern Frontiers

  8. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 431-431
    2. Victor Jeleniewski Seidler
      Pages 433-452
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 453-461

About this book


Across history, the ideas and practices of male identity have varied much between time and place: masculinity proves to be a slippery concept, not available to all men, sometimes even applied to women. This book analyses the dynamics of 'masculinity' as both an ideology and lived experience - how men have tried, and failed, to be 'Real Men'.


England history women

Editors and affiliations

  • John H. Arnold
    • 1
  • Sean Brady
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck CollegeUniversity of LondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2011
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-32597-9
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-30725-4
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