JEFF HEARN – On men, masculinities and gender power relations: a transversal dialogue with myself


Sa zadovoljstvom najavljujemo predavanje  koje će održati profesor Jeff Hearn  6. juna 2017. u 18 časova na Filozofskom fakultetu u Beogradu, u sali 108, na prvom spratu, pod nazivom:



The notion of transversal dialogical (or poly-logical) thinking and practice has been taken up in various strands of feminist politics. In this spirit that I address, albeit briefly, a number of ongoing problematics that I have found to be important over the last twenty years or more, to me at least, in seeking to study and indeed change men, masculinities and gender relations critically. Thus, in this session, I focus on problematics around men, masculinities and changing unequal gender power relations; after all, it is very unlikely that greater gender equality will be achieved without both greater equality and rights for women, and changing men and masculinities away from persisting patriarchal ways and means. The question then is how is changing men and masculinities towards greater gender equality to be analyzed and enacted in policy, politics and everyday practice. Specifically, I engage here with some of the ongoing problematics that, over the years, I have found to be important for theory and practice: feminism and the man/men problem; the trouble with masculinities; naming and deconstructing men; the material-discursive; the hegemony of men rather than hegemonic masculinity; patriarchy, patriarchies, and trans(national)patriarchies; the growing politics of absence; the concept of gex; the abolition of ‘men’; and some future gender scenarios. These various problematics are both interconnected and in dialogue, even contradiction, with each other. They focus differentially on concepts, history and geography, and broad politico-theoretical concerns.

Selected bibliography

Blagojević, M. Knowledge Production at the Semiperiphery: A Gender Perspective, 2009. Belgrade.

Carrigan, T., Connell, R. and Lee. J. ‘Towards a new sociology of masculinity’, Theory and Society, 14(5), 1985, 551–604.

Collinson, D.L. and Hearn, J. ‘Naming men as men: implications for work, organizations and management. Gender, Work and Organization, 1(1), 1994, 2–22.

Connell, R. ‘Men’s bodies’, in Which Way Is Up?, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1979/1983.

_________ Masculinities, Polity, Cambridge, 1995.

Dworkin, A. Woman Hating, E.P. Dutton, New York, 1974.

Fuentes-Nieva, R. and Galasso, N. Working for the Few: Political Capture and Economic Inequality,  Oxfam International, Oxford, 2014.

Gunnarsson, L. ‘A defence of the category “women” ’, Feminist Theory, 12(1), 2011, 23–37.

Hanmer, J. ‘Men, power and the exploitation of women’, in J. Hearn and D. Morgan (eds.)

Men Masculinities and Social Theory, London: Unwin Hyman, 1990, 21–42.

Hearn, J. The Gender of Oppression: Men, Masculinity and the Critique of Marxism, Wheatsheaf, Brighton; St. Martin’s Press, New York, 1987.

________ Men in the Public Eye. The Construction and Deconstruction of Public Men and Public Patriarchies, Routledge, London, 1992.

_________ ‘Theorizing men and men’s theorizing: men’s discursive practices in theorizing men’, Theory and Society, 27(6), 1998, 781-816.

________ The Violences of Men. How Men Talk About and How Agencies Respond to Men’s Violence to Women, Sage, London, 1998.

________ ‘From hegemonic masculinity to the hegemony of men’, Feminist Theory, 5(1), 2004, 49-72.

________ ‘A multi-faceted power analysis of men’s violence to known women: From hegemonic masculinity to the hegemony of men’, Sociological Review, 60(4), 2012, 589-610.

________ ‘Male bodies, masculine bodies, men’s bodies: the need for a concept of gex’, in B.S. Turner (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Body Studies, Routledge, London, 2012, 307-320.

________ ‘Sexualities, organizations and organization sexualities: future scenarios and the impact of socio-technologies’, Organization 21(3), 2014, 400-420.

________ ‘Men, masculinities and the material(-)discursive’, NORMA: The International Journal for Masculinity Studies, 9(1), 2014, 5-17.

________ Men of the World: Genders, Globalizations, Transnational Times, Sage, London, 2015.

________ ‘Two challenges for Critical Studies on Men and Masculinities: The hegemony of men, and trans(national)patriarchies’, Časopis za kritiko znanosti, domišljijo in novo antropologijo [Journal of Critique of Science, Imagination and New Anthropology], 267, 2017.

________ Rethinking Transnational Men: Beyond, Between and Within Nations, edited with M. Blagojević and K. Harrison, Routledge, New York, 2013.

________ ’Hegemonic masculinity and beyond: 40 years of research in Sweden’, with M. Nordberg, K. Andersson, D. Balkmar, L. Gottzén, R. Klinth, et al. Men and Masculinities, 15(1), 2012, 31-55.

Hill, M.R. and Mays, J. The Gender Book, 2011.

 Lykke, N. ‘The timeliness of post-constructionism’, NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, 18(2), 2010: 131–136.

Meigs, A. Multiple gender ideologies and statuses, in P. Reeves Sanday and R. Gallagher Goodenough (eds.) Beyond the Second Sex, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 1990, 92–112.

Monro, S. Gender Politics: Activism, Citizenship and Sexual Diversity, Pluto, London, 2005.

O’Brien, M. The Politics of Reproduction, Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1981.

O’Brien, M. Reproducing the World, Westview, Boulder, CO, 1990.

Spade, D. Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law, South End Press, Cambridge, MA, 2011.

Walby, S. Theorising Patriarchy, Blackwell, Oxford, 1990.

Walby, S. Globalizations and Inequalities, Sage, London, 2009.

Wittig, M. The Straight Mind and Other Essays, Beacon, Boston, 1992.

Young, B, Bakker, I. and Elson, D. (eds.) Questioning Financial Governance from a Feminist Perspective, Routledge, London, 2011.

Jeff Hearn is Senior Professor, based in Gender Studies, Örebro University, Sweden; Research Professor in Sociology, University of Huddersfield, Professor Emeritus, Hanken School of Economics, Finland. He has published extensively on such questions as: gender, sexuality and violence; men’s violence against women and children; critical studies on men and masculinities; work, organisations and management; globalisation and transnationalisation; social policy; and social theory. He is managing co-editor of Routledge Advances in Feminist Studies and Intersectionality book series, and c-editor of Norma: the International Journal for Masculinity Studies. His books include: The Violences of Men (Sage, 1998); Gender, Sexuality and Violence in Organizations (with Wendy Parkin, Sage, 2001); Rethinking Transnational Men (edited with Marina Blagojević and Katherine Harrison, Routledge, 2013); Men of the World: Genders, Globalizations, Transnational Times (Sage, 2015); and Men’s Stories for a Change: Ageing Men Remember (with the Older Men’s Memory Work Group, Common Ground, 2016).

Predavanje će biti na engelskom jeziku, bez prevoda, kao i diskusija. Ulaz slobodan.



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