Afterword: Irish Masculinities and Gender History
This final afterword begins by debunking the myth that Irish gendered history refers only to women’s history. Men in gender history, as developed in the United States and Britain, are not universal beings, but are instead part of a fluid and ever-changing system of gender relations. Rose argues that gender is a framework of ideas and practices that socially differentiate male and female as well as constituting important differences among men and women and their influence on political, social, economic and cultural processes as well as the routines and transformations of daily life. The essays in this collection advance the notion that gender matters in Irishmen’s lives and that an interdisciplinary approach is essential for cultural analyses of gender studies in Ireland.