Masculinities+ discusses the urgency of exploring masculinity as a societal and cultural discourse in the context of the 21st century. It highlights the evolving nature of masculinity within a new society characterized by progressive ideals such as pluralism, diversity, inclusivity, individualism, and freedom. The book raises questions about the role of new masculinities in various aspects of culture, media, pop culture and fashion, emphasizing the need to adapt the discourse to a society where unity and equality are central.
The discussion revolves around the transformation of masculinity and the challenges it poses for men and heterosexual communities in the face of changing norms and values. It acknowledges the emergence of new conceptual frameworks and aims to present these frameworks through questioning underlying codes, new practices, and representations.
This book provides an anthology that seeks to contribute to the theoretical, practical, and creative understanding of gender dynamics and the role of masculinity. It invited international contributors from diverse backgrounds to explore gender and masculinity practices, research methodologies, interdisciplinary collaboration, education, and the transformative potential of masculinity in western cultures.
The background of the publication is rooted in the aim to highlight critically engaged practices on masculinity in higher education and informal learning contexts. It recognizes the need for research in critical studies about masculinity and identifies areas where research is lacking compared to other academic disciplines. The book also addresses the potential for systematic changes in the creative industry regarding masculinity.
Overall, the book underlines the significance of addressing masculinity in diverse cultural contexts, male emancipation, and the impact of masculinity on the fashion media and pop culture industries while aiming to contribute to a cultural discourse that aligns with the values of the 21st century society.
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Dirk Reynders is a lecturer, writer, researcher and cultural critic. His research and expertise focuses on visual culture, gender and ethnicity. His work contributes to a renewed and modern view of social visual culture. He focuses on the paradox between realism (representation) and formalism (aestheticism), a topic that contributes to a better understanding of the role images play in functional or expressive resistance or acceptance of gender and inclusion.
Hilde Van den Bulck
Hilde Van den Bulck combines expertise in media structure and policies with expertise in media culture. Her work on media structures and policies focuses on technological, political, economic and cultural processes, especially on how digitization and convergence affect legacy media. She specializes in public (service) media in that regard, most recently analyzing how personalization strategies based on algorithms affect the core public media value of universality.