James W. Messerschmidt (University of Southern Maine)
James W. Messerschmidt is professor of sociology and women’s and gender studies at the University of Southern Maine (Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Economics Women’s and Gender Studies Program). He is the author of over fifty scholarly articles and book chapters as well as eleven books, including Gender, Heterosexuality, and Youth Violence: The Struggle for Recognition and, most recently, Masculinities in the Making: From the Local to the Global.
Constructing Masculinity and Masculinity Research
In this talk James W. Messerschmidt will summarize Raewyn Connell’s notion of both hegemonic and nonhegemonic masculinities. He will then discuss that despite considerable reception of Connell’s original conception of masculinities, it nevertheless attracted criticism from a variety of perspectives. Messerschmidt will outline these criticisms as well as the resulting recent changes in the conceptualization of hegemonic and nonhegemonic masculinities. Messerschmidt will conclude his talk with a discussion of the implications these changes have had on masculinities research, theorizing, and activism.