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Anna Tarrant, Gareth Terry, Michael R.M. Ward, Sandy Ruxton, Martin Robb, and Brigid Featherstone

This article considers the so-called war on boys through a critical examination of the way boys and young men have been represented in what might be termed the male role model discourse in policy and media debates in the UK. Critical engagement with academic literatures that explore the male role model response to what has become known as the problem of boys, predominantly in education and in welfare settings, reveals that contemporary policy solutions continue to be premised on outdated theoretical foundations that reflect simplistic understandings of gender and gender relations. In this article we advocate policy solutions that acknowledge the complexity and diversity of boys’ and young men’s experiences and that do not simplistically reduce their problems to the notion of a crisis in masculinity.

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Erin Newcomb

BOOK REVIEW Sarah Rothschild. 2013. The Princess Story: Modeling the Feminine in Twentieth-Century American Fiction and Film . New York: Peter Lang. Amy S. Pattee. 2011. Reading the Adolescent Romance: Sweet Valley High and the Popular Young Adult

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Amrita De

masculinity studies, on its conception, continues to provide a vital heuristic model to make better sense of the present condition. Conceptualizing Masculinities under the Neoliberal Turn Raewyn Connell's (2005a) Masculinities posits hegemonic

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Marcus B. Weaver-Hightower


In this short personal appreciation of The Men and the Boys, the author admires the ethnographic and writing skills Raewyn Connell displays—the craft and artistry that animates her insightful theories. From her prose's clarity to the deftness of her interviewing, Connell models how to empirically ground foundational social theory.

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Leisuring Masculinities in British Indian Childhoods

Explorations at the Intersection of Gender Order and Generational Order

Utsa Mukherjee

gender order; and the structure of gender relations in a given institution may be called its gender regime” ( Connell 2012: 1677 ). It is implicit in this relational model of gender that both gender regime and gender order are products of history, and

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The Men and the Boys, Twenty Years On

Revisiting Raewyn Connell's Pivotal Text

Victoria Cann, Sebastián Madrid, Kopano Ratele, Anna Tarrant, Michael R.M. Ward, and Raewyn Connell

in masculinity studies, continues to provide a vital heuristic model to make better sense of the present condition. The third commentary piece by Robert Morrell, a leading masculinities scholar in South Africa, reflects on the importance of Connell

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Becoming a Super-Masculine “Cool Guy”

Reflexivity, Dominant and Hegemonic Masculinities, and Sexual Violence

James W. Messerschmidt

reformulated model affirmed a holistic grasp of gender inequality that recognized the agency of both hegemonic masculinity and emphasized femininity and that underlined their local (constructed in arenas of face-to-face interaction of families, organizations

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Steven Roberts and Karla Elliott

Coston and Kimmel (2012) , they argue that middle-class men take on accountability and responsibility as role models to their sons, as opposed to working-class men who, these authors claim, place the onus of responsibility to grow up well onto their sons

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Robyn Singleton, Jacqueline Carter, Tatianna Alencar, Alicia Piñeirúa-Menéndez, and Kate Winskell

dialogical, narratives draw on the lived experience of both teller and audience as well as on their shared cultural models ( Winskell et al. 2013 ). As a data source they offer researchers the opportunity to explore normative issues in a way that approximates

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Towards a Fairer Future

An Activist Model of Black Girl Leadership

Courtney Cook

their own paths to self-actualization to become the leaders they have the promise to be. Ultimately, I suggest a cyclical model that fosters a sustainable activist network between Black girls and Black women that can eventually fill the gap between Black