The Men and the Boys

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John Wiley & Sons, May 2, 2013 - Social Science - 272 pages
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In recent years, questions about men and boys have arousedremarkable media interest, public concern and controversy. Acrossthe world, health services are noticing the relevance ofmen’s gender to problems as diverse as road accidents, dietand sexually transmitted disease. Teachers are increasinglypreoccupied with the poor educational performance of boys, andcriminologists have begun to explore why men and boys continue todominate the crime statistics.

In this timely new volume, one of the world’s leadingauthorities on masculinity helps us to understand thesedevelopments, and make sense of the multiplying issues about menand boys. Five years on from the publication of the seminal studyMasculinities, this book reflects on thegrowing social scientific research in this area. Connell assessesits strengths and weaknesses and explores its implications forcontemporary problems from boys’ education and men’shealth to international peacemaking.

Written in a lively and accessible way, this book will be essentialreading for all students of sociology, politics and gender studies,as well as anyone interested in the future of gender relations.

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Masculinities and globalization
Globalization and mens bodies
Homosexual desire and practice among working
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Mens health Research evidence on mens health
The politics of change in masculinity
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R. W. Connell is Professor of Education at the University of Sydney.

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