Men and Masculinities the Journal

Raewyn Connell's Influence on its New Vision

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Joseph D. Nelson Dept. of Educational Studies, Swarthmore College, USA

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Tristan Bridges Dept. of Sociology, University of California–Santa Barbara

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Kristen Barber Sociology, Southern Illinois University, USA

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In this reflective piece, the new editors of the historic journal Men and Masculinities explicate how key tenets of Raewyn Connell's scholarship informed their expanded vision of the journal. It begins with a meta-analysis of empirical research published in the journal for the last 20 years, and highlights its emphasis on contemporary scholarship from various disciplines and fields. Each facet of the journal's new vision is relayed thereafter, including its feminist perspective, international focus, and interdisciplinarity. It concludes with efforts by the editors to actualize their vision in the service of broadening the field of gender, boyhood, and masculinity studies.

Contributor Notes

Joseph Derrick Nelson, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at Swarthmore College, and a Senior Research Fellow with the Center for the Study of Boys’ and Girls’ Lives at the University of Pennsylvania. Email:

Tristan Bridges, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California–Santa Barbara.

Kristen Barber, PhD, is Associate Professor of Sociology at Southern Illinois University.

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