This course explores how masculinity is constructed and how men are affected by these constructions. We consider whether constructions of masculinity differ by important social characteristics, such as age, race/ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation. We also pay attention to the social context (e.g., schools, home, neighborhoods, workplaces, athletic venues) in which masculinity is created and maintained. We will address issues such as: the evolution of manhood; sexuality and adolescent masculinity; poverty, mobility, and black masculinity; street life and violence; fatherhood politics; masculinity and sports media.
Not open to first-year students.