Men, masculinities and social policy

Jeff Hearn, Keith Pringle, Dag Balkmar

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The politics and analysis of social policy are still often represented as gender-neutral; when they are explicitly gendered, this is often directed primarily or even exclusively to the position and experiences of women. Fundamental though this focus on women is, the role of social policy in the construction, enactment and embodiment of men and men’s practices is a crucial part of gender power relations, as is in turn the impact of men and masculinities on the construction and development of social policy. This chapter addresses these issues, including men’s presence, and sometimes absence, in social policy and social policy debates. There are numerous ways in which social policy concerns men and masculinities, in its formulation, implementation, delivery, and inclusions/ exclusions. Different men have variable relations to social policy, and are involved and implicated, both structurally and in their practices, in social policy in a wide variety of ways, as, for instance: users, family members, practitioners, state managers and workers, policy-makers, professionals, members of social organizations, NGOs, social movement organizing. At the same time, these numerous policy domains exist within contexts that are specific to each of the societies where they occur across the globe.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook on Gender and Social Policy
EditorsSheila Shaver
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar
Publication date2018
ISBN (Print)978-1-78536-712-0
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78536-716-8
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameInternational handbooks on gender


  • 514,1 Sociology
  • 514,2 Social policy

Areas of Strength and Areas of High Potential (AoS and AoHP)

  • AoS: Responsible organising


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