Hegemonic Masculinity : Masculinity And Masculinity

2351 Words Nov 18th, 2014 10 Pages
What is hegemonic masculinity? What are the merits and shortcomings of this concept?

In Connell’s original conception, hegemonic masculinity can be understood as ‘the pattern of practice that allowed men’s dominance over women’ (1987). Hegemonic masculinity is the exclusive masculinity of which only a few exhibit. The majority of men in fact experience complicit masculinity, allowing them to dominate in the patriarchal system in which it created. Connell (1987) believed it was this that created a social system, in which masculinity was dominant over femininity. Hegemonic masculinity was also dominant over other forms of masculinity experienced by men from various class, racial or sexual backgrounds. Throughout this essay, I first aim to explain hegemonic masculinity in its original concept, as this is vital when examining the studies and theorisations of masculinity that followed RW Connell’s original framework. This will lead to an analysis of its reformulation in 2005 and an explanation of how the values of the concept, that were retained have been demonstrated in studies of masculinities in various institutions. The critiques the concept faced will then be discussed in relation to its reformulation. Finally, the failure of Connell to underestimate the importance of different masculinities in his original conception will be examined. The use of different masculinities has highlighted the need for men to come away from behaviours such as violence and homophobia. It is in…
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