'This is an exciting and innovative collection. Through a series of case-studies, the contributors explore the links between constructions of masculinities, men's lives and the political and economic circumstances in which they live them. Its geographical reach, theoretical scope and engagement with policies for change is impressive: this book will prove to be a hugely significant addition to the expanding literature about masculinities.' --Professor Linda McDowell, University of Oxford
'Development practioners have become very aware of the importance of gender, but in practice this means an almost exclusive emphasis on the disadvantages faced by most women. This book is important, not because it denies the realities of women's oppression, but because it points to the equal importance of understanding that even those men who seem to benefit from gender hierarchies are also limited and penalised by them. Drawing equally on theory and field experience, the contributors to Men & Development have written a book that should be mandatory reading for everyone in the development world who says we need to bring gender into our work.' --Dennis Altman, Director Institute for Human Security, LaTrobe University and author of 'Global Sex'.
Using case studies from around the world, Men and Development: Politicizing Masculinities makes gender visible in groundbreaking ways, and asks us, in no uncertain terms, to keep structural inequalities at the center of our praxis. An impressive array of scholars and activists from geopolitically diverse contexts bring our understanding of the theory and practice of masculinity to a new cutting edge. [...]The authors invite us to understand "the radical promise" of the growing attention to men and masculinities as an opportunity for forging alliances for gender justice among people of all gender identities, pointing to new avenues for activism and action. ----- Men and Development is a critical guidebook for the next steps in our movement for gender equality. --Steven Botkin, Executive Director Men's Resources International
About the Author
Andrea Cornwall is Professor of Anthropology and Development in the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex. ----- Jerker Edström is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, IDS, where his research interests focus on the men and masculinities in relation to structural dimensions of sex, gender and power in HIV epidemics, as well as on the politics of the global response.