Men and Development

Politicizing Masculinities

Edited by Andrea Cornwall, Jerker Edstrom and Alan Greig


A comprehensive overview with original case studies from Brazil, India, China , South Africa, Malawi, Uganda and Nicaragua.
Men and Development features an exciting collection of contributions from some of today's leading thinkers and practitioners in the field of men, masculinities and development.

Together, contributors challenge the neglect of the structural dimensions of patriarchal power relations in current development policy and practice, and the failure to adequately engage with the effects of inequitable sex and gender orders on both men's and women's lives.

The book calls for renewed engagement in efforts to challenge and change stereotypes of men, to dismantle the structural barriers to gender equality, and to mobilize men to build new alliances with women's movements and other movements for social and gender justice.

Author Bio

Andrea Cornwall is Professor of Anthropology and Development in the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex.

Jerker Edström is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies.

Alan Greig has worked for over ten years as a consultant with community-based organizations and activist formations in sub-Saharan Africa, South and South-East Asia and the USA on the links between personal and political violence.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Politicizing Masculinity - Andrea Cornwall, Jerker Edström & Alan Greig 
  • Part I: Embodiments and Transgressions 
    • 1. Performing Heterosexuality: Male Youth, Vulnerability and HIV in Malawi - Chimaraoke Izugbara and Jerry Okal 
    • 2. Is s/he More of a Man? Constructing Masculinity as a Female to Male Transsexual in India - Cath Sluggett 
    • 3. Meyeli Chhele Becomes MSM: Transformation of Idioms of Sexualness Into Epidemiological Forms in India - akshay khanna 
    • 4. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Constructions of Masculinity and Contemporary Understandings of Sex Work - Cheryl Overs 
    • 5. Beyond 'Vulnerability': Men, Power and HIV - Jerker Edström 
  • Part II: Structures: Inequities, Violence, Power 
    • 6. Organized Powers: Masculinities, Managers and Violence - Raewyn Connell 
    • 7. What Would Make Men Interested in Gender Equality? Reflections from East Africa - Margrethe Silberschmidt 
    • 8. Men in/and Gender Equality: A Conversation from South Africa - Robert Morrell and Penny Morrell
    • 9. Militarized, Religious and Neo-colonial: The Triple-bind Confronting Men in Contemporary Uganda - Chris Dolan 
    • 10. Local Lives, Global Dialogues: Shifting Discourses of Masculinity in India - Radhika Chopra 
  • Part III: Engagements: Changing Masculinities 
    • 11. Changing Men or Men Changing Gender Regimes? Challenges for National and Trans-national Social Policy, Gender Equality and Organizing with Men - Jeff Hearn 
    • 12. Masculinities, Social Exclusion and Prospects for Change: Reflections from Promundo's Work in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Gary Barker, Marcos Nascimento, Christine Ricardo, Marianna Olinger and Marcio Segundo 
    • 13. Masculinities and Men's Groups in China: A Conversation Between Activists - Fang Gang, He Xiaopei and Susan Jolly 
    • 14. Women's Empowerment: What do Men Have to Do with It? - Andrea Cornwall, Henry Armas and Mbuyiselo Botha 
    • 15. 'Swimming Against the Tide is Easier as a Shoal' Changing Masculinities in Nicaragua: a Community-based Approach - Patrick Welsh 
    • 16. Anxious States and Directions for Masculinities Work with Men - Alan Greig


'Its geographical reach, theoretical scope and engagement with policies for change is impressive.'
Linda McDowell, University of Oxford

'From transgressive bodies to institutional obstacles to engagement and finally to the dynamics of engagement themselves, the authors offer a deft interplay between structure and agency, between context and motivation.'
Michael Kimmel, Professor of Sociology, Stony Brook, USA

'Should be mandatory reading for everyone in the development world who says we need to bring gender into our work.'
Dennis Altman, Director Institute for Human Security, LaTrobe University

'If we are to create a more gender equal world, we will have to address privilege and oppression at the systemic level of many intersecting axes of power. This book makes a very important contribution to that transformative project.'
Bob Pease, Deakin University, author of Undoing Privilege: Unearned Advantage in a Divided World

'A critical guidebook for the next steps in our movement for gender equality.'
Steven Botkin, Executive Director Men's Resources International


Publication Date: 7 July 2011
264 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781848139787
Hardback: 9781848139794
eBook ePub: 9781848139817
eBook PDF: 9781848139800
eBook Kindle: 9781780323060

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