The politics of absent men or political masculinities without the polis

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This chapter interrogates political masculinities as agents for change through the prism of absence, without the polis. Following an initial discussion of political masculinities in relation to, first, mainstream politics, and, then, feminism, possible changes in political masculinities formed through absence, and their implications for profeminist men’s politics, are interrogated. Three main forms of absence are examined: absences by transnational/global processes, beyond the nation; technological absences, of virtuality and disembodiment in cyberspace; and bodily absences, as, for example, with ageing. These changes, and moreover their interconnections, are seen as creating new gender power structures, but also offering some signs of hope, with greater transnational connections, collaborations and indeed new subversive political masculinities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMasculine Power and Gender Equality : Masculinities as Change Agents
EditorsRussell Luyt, Kathleen Starck
Place of PublicationCham
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-35161-8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-35162-5
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter
EventKeynote at the Political Masculinities as Agents of Change Conference, Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge, UK, December 2016. - Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 09.12.201611.12.2016


  • 517 Political science
  • gender
  • equality
  • masculinities
  • polis
  • change

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

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