chapter  24
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GENDER IDENTITIES AT THE CROSSROADS OF MASCULINITY AND PHYSICAL DISABILITY

H e g e m o n i c m a s c u l i n i t y is c o m p r i s e d o f the socia l ly d o m i n a n t c o n c e p -

t ions , c u l t u r a l ideals, a n d i d e o l o g i c a l cons t ruc t ions o f w h a t is appropr ia te

mascul in i ty . It operates i n three realms: personal ; cu l tura l a n d i n s t i t u t i o n a l a n d

i n the o r g a n i z a t i o n a n d use o f the b o d y ( C o n n e l l 1990a, 1 9 9 1 , 1 9 8 7 ) . G e n d e r ,

t h e n , operates n o t o n l y o n an i n d i v i d u a l level b u t also as a co l lec t ive pract ice

a n d process (West & Z i m m e r m a n , 1987).