Introduction: Masculinity and Gaming: Mediated Masculinities in Play

  • Nicholas Taylor
  • Gerald Voorhees
Part of the Palgrave Games in Context book series (PAGCON)


This introduction to the edited volume Masculinities in Play demonstrates that gaming constitutes one key site in a broader apparatus of contemporary governmentality reconstituting and reconfiguring our (ever-precarious) understandings of masculinity and manliness. The chapter first situates the volume at the intersections of game studies, masculinity studies, and cultural studies before providing a framework for theorizing masculinity as an apparatus that provides not only the symbolic resources but also the material and institutional conditions that enable masculine subjects to shape their selves in relation to games and their attendant technologies, practices, and contexts.


Gender Video games Masculinities Feminism Representation Performance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicholas Taylor
    • 1
  • Gerald Voorhees
    • 2
  1. 1.North Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA
  2. 2.University of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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