chapter  2
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Theorising Hegemonic Masculinity: Contradiction, Hegemony and Dislocation

WithRICHARD HOWSON

Recently, hegemonic masculinity has been subject to sustained criticism as well as efforts to re-think it. At the centre of this critique is the problem of ‘slippage’. In other words, is hegemonic masculinity about men or masculinity, practice or identifi cation, the ‘real’ or the ‘abstract’? As a result there is ambiguity about how well hegemonic masculinity resolves these contradictions and bridges how and what men do with how and what men see themselves as. In the context of migrant men hegemonic masculinity is of particular importance because it is the new culture’s expression of normative masculinity and thus any sense of a taken-for-grantedness of the old masculinity is no longer enabled for these men.1