The Hegemony in Masculinity

Neal King, Toni Calasanti, Ilkka Pietilä, Hanna Ojala

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Most citations to “hegemonic masculinity” focus on gender ideals and men’s attempts to justify domination. Few scholars have tested the theory that masculinity can be hegemonic in effect by gaining the overt consent of others to their domination. We specify this largely untested theory and use data from a pilot study of middle-age men for our demonstration of how to operationalize and recognize hegemony. We argue that scholars will find that effect at intersections of gender and other inequalities such as age. We show that, in their discussion of linked ideals of gender and age, three respondents mention domination of older men by younger men, and then both consent to that domination and accept personal responsibility for forestalling it through regimens of fitness, productivity, and health. We call for further research on the hegemony of masculinity via study of intersections of gender with such understudied inequities as age.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages19
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 Jan 2021
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • aging
  • bodies
  • culture
  • hegemonic masculinity
  • sociology

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 3

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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