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Best Masculinity Books Worth Your Attention

Looking for the best Masculinity books? Browse our list to find excellent book recommendations on the subject.

1. Masculinities (2005)

 Best Masculinity Books Worth Your AttentionThis is an exciting new edition of R.W. Connell's groundbreaking text, which has become a classic work on the nature and construction of masculine identity. In its first edition, Masculinities provided one of the most important voices in feminist scholarship by men. Connell argued that there is no such thing as a single concept of masculinity, but, rather, that many different masculinities exist, each associated with different positions of power. In a world in which gender order continues to extend privilege to men over women, but that also raises difficult issues for men and boys, Connell's account is more pertinent than…
Author(s): R. W. Connell

2. Exploring Masculinities: Identity, Inequality, Continuity and Change (2015)

 Best Masculinity Books Worth Your AttentionExploring Masculinities: Identity, Inequality, Continuity, and Change is a comprehensive and contemporary reader for the growing field of men’s and masculinities studies. It takes a conceptual approach by covering the wide range of scholarship being done on masculinities beyond the model of hegemonic masculinity. C.J. Pascoe and Tristan Bridges extend the boundaries of the field and provide a new framework for understanding masculinities studies. Rather than taking a topics-based approach to masculinity, Exploring Masculinities offers an innovative conceptual approach that enables students to study a given phenomenon from a…
Author(s): C.J. Pascoe, Tristan Bridges

3. 31 Days to Masculinity: A Guide to Help Men Live Authentic Lives (2017)

 Best Masculinity Books Worth Your AttentionSociety has turned its back on the development of the masculine male. This has created generations of men who are repressing their authentic and biological nature instead of expressing it. The result is depressed, sexless, self-loathing, unmotivated men simply existing in this world.This is why the 31DtM program exists.31 Days to Masculinity is a month long campaign which has been taken on by thousands of men and those who’ve succeeded in applying the principles and completing the challenges have changed their lives for the better forever.This book takes you on a 31 day journey of discovering who you are as a man.Hunter Drew has created…
Author(s): Hunter Drew

4. Masculinities in Contemporary American Culture: An Intersectional Approach to the Complexities and Challenges of Male Identity (2017)

 Best Masculinity Books Worth Your AttentionMasculinities in Contemporary American Culture offers readers a multidisciplinary, intersectional overview of masculinity studies that includes both theoretical and applied lenses. Keith combines current research with historical perspectives to demonstrate the contexts in which masculine identities have come evolved. With an emphasis on popular culture — particularly film, TV, video games, and music — this text invites students to examine their gendered sensibilities and discuss the ways in which different forms of media appeal to toxic masculinity….
Author(s): Thomas Keith

5. The Mask of Masculinity: How Men Can Embrace Vulnerability, Create Strong Relationships, and Live Their Fullest Lives (2019)

 Best Masculinity Books Worth Your AttentionLewis Howes grew up as an athlete. He was a two-sport All-American, played almost every sport in high school, and went on to play football professionally. Howes then transferred his competitive nature from sports to business, building his podcast, “The School of Greatness,” into a global phenomenon and becoming successful beyond his wildest dreams. But his whole identity was built on misguided beliefs about what “masculinity” was: dangerous, false ideas learned from teammates and coaches in locker rooms and stereotypes in the media. Like so many men, Howes grew up to be angry, frustrated, and…
Author(s): Lewis Howes

6. King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine (1991)

 Best Masculinity Books Worth Your AttentionThe bestselling, widely heralded, Jungian introduction to the psychological foundation of a mature, authentic, and revitalized masculinity.Redefining age-old concepts of masculinity, Jungian analysts Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette make the argument that mature masculinity is not abusive or domineering, but generative, creative, and empowering of the self and others. Moore and Gillette clearly define the four mature male archetypes that stand out through myth and literature across history: the king (the energy of just and creative ordering), the warrior (the energy of aggressive but nonviolent action), the magician (the energy of…
Author(s): Robert Moore, Douglas Gillette

7. The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love (2004)

 Best Masculinity Books Worth Your AttentionEveryone needs to love and be loved — even men. But to know love, men must be able to look at the ways that patriarchal culture keeps them from knowing themselves, from being in touch with their feelings, from loving. In The Will to Change, bell hooks gets to the heart of the matter and shows men how to express the emotions that are a fundamental part of who they are — whatever their age, marital status, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. With trademark candor and fierce intelligence, hooks addresses the most common concerns of men, such as fear of intimacy and loss of their patriarchal place in society, in new and challenging ways….
Author(s): bell hooks

8. The Way of Men (2012)

 Best Masculinity Books Worth Your AttentionWhat is masculinity? Ask ten men and you’ll get ten vague, conflicting answers. Unlike any book of its kind, The Way of Men offers a simple, straightforward answer-without getting bogged down in religion, morality, or politics. It’s a guide for understanding who men have been and the challenges men face today. The Way of Men captures the silent, stifling rage of men everywhere who find themselves at odds with the over-regulated, over-civilized, politically correct modern world. If you’ve ever closed your eyes and wished for one day as a lion, this book is for you….
Author(s): Jack Donovan

9. The Biblical Masculinity Blueprint: A Christian Man’s Guide to Attraction, Relationships, and Marriage in a Messed-up World (2019)

 Best Masculinity Books Worth Your AttentionBecause many young men and husbands do not have good masculine role models, it can be difficult for them to understand what a godly relationship and marriage might look like. In today’s culture, there is a lack of fathers passing down teaching to their sons, and, in many cases, what the Church teaches is more assimilated with secular culture, resulting in ineffective discipleship. Even seemingly good things like “purity culture” can have negative influences on marriage.The Biblical Masculinity Blueprint aims to remedy some of these areas by giving Christian men the knowledge…
Author(s): Stephen Casper

10. Hegemonic Masculinity: Formulation, Reformulation, and Amplification (2018)

 Best Masculinity Books Worth Your AttentionThe concept of hegemonic masculinity, formulated by Raewyn Connell more than three decades ago, has been the driving force behind the expanding field of masculinities studies. Hegemonic Masculinity: Formulation, Reformulation, and Amplification provides the first comprehensive overview of the concept—from its original conception to how it has evolved over time. The book also examines some of the most powerful ways the concept is being used in contemporary gender studies.Hegemonic Masculinity describes the development of the concept, the actual formulation and initial applications of the…
Author(s): James W. Messerschmidt

11. The Rational Male – Positive Masculinity: Positive Masculinity (Volume 3) (2017)

 Best Masculinity Books Worth Your AttentionBuilding once more on the core works of The Rational Male by Rollo Tomassi, Positive Masculinity is the newest supplemental reading in the series designed to give men, not a prescription, but actionable information to build better lives for themselves based on realistic and objective intersexual dynamics between men and women. Rational and pragmatic, the book outlines four key themes: Red Pill Parenting, The Feminine Nature, Social Imperatives and Positive Masculinity. Free of the pop-psychology pablum about parenting today, Red Pill Parenting is…
Author(s): Rollo Tomassi

12. Understanding the Assault on the Black Man, Black Manhood and Black Masculinity (2016)

 Best Masculinity Books Worth Your AttentionAssault on the black man his manhood and his masculinity from slavery til today was and is part of a Global Project….
Author(s): Wesley Muhammad

13. We Real Cool (2003)

 Best Masculinity Books Worth Your Attention“When women get together and talk about men, the news is almost always bad news,” writes bell hooks. “If the topic gets specific and the focus is on black men, the news is even worse.”In this powerful new book, bell hooks arrests our attention from the first page. Her title–We Real Cool; her subject–the way in which both white society and weak black leaders are failing black men and youth. Her subject is taboo: “this is a culture that does not love black males:” “they are not loved by white men, white women, black women, girls or boys. And especially, black men do not love…
Author(s): bell hooks

Best Masculinity Books Worth Your Attention

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Gender and Power in Eastern Europe: Changing Concepts of Femininity and Masculinity in Power Relations

Author(s): Katharina Bluhm, Gertrud Pickhan, Justyna Stypinska, Agnieszka Wierzcholska
ID: 2888916, Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Springer, Year: 2021, Size: 4 Mb, Format: pdf

Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity

Author(s): Peggy Orenstein
ID: 2459009, Publisher: Harper, Year: 2020, Size: 825 Kb, Format: epub

The Palgrave Handbook of Masculinity and Sport

Author(s): Rory Magrath, Jamie Cleland, Eric Anderson
ID: 2467976, Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2020, Size: 7 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to Los Angeles Times, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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