Men, Masculinities and Development: Broadening our work towards gender equality

The purpose of this paper is to discuss men’s possible relationships to this process of transformative change by exploring the meanings and uses of ‘masculinity’. Discussions of masculinity provide a place in which men’s involvement in producing and challenging inequalities and inequities in gender and other social relations can be investigated. Masculinity renders gender visible to and for men. Understanding the definitions and discourses surrounding masculinity can help in the analysis of how political, economic and cultural inequalities are produced and distributed not only between but also within the genders. Above all, an inquiry in to the ‘politics of masculinity’ offers an opportunity to rethink men’s strategic interest in challenging the values and practices that create gender hierarchy.

Authors: Alan Greig, Aparna Basnyat and James Lang

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