In the examination of gender as a driving force in disasters, too little attention has been paid to how women’s or men’s disaster experiences relate to the wider context of gender inequality, or how gender-just practice can help prevent disasters or address climate change at a structural level.

With a foreword from Kenneth Hewitt, an afterword from Raewyn Connell and contributions from renowned international experts, this book helps address the gap. It explores disasters in diverse environmental, hazard, political and cultural contexts through original research and theoretical reflection, building on the under-utilized orientation of critical men’s studies. This body of thought, not previously applied in disaster contexts, explores how men gain, maintain and use power to assert control over women. Contributing authors examine the gender terrain of disasters 'through men's eyes,' considering how diverse forms of masculinities shape men’s efforts to respond to and recover from disasters and other climate challenges. The book highlights both the high costs paid by many men in disasters and the consequences of dominant masculinity practices for women and marginalized men. It concludes by examining how disaster risk can be reduced through men's diverse efforts to challenge hierarchies around gender, sexuality, disability, age and culture. 

part I|66 pages

Critical men's studies and disaster

chapter 1|19 pages

The gendered terrain of disaster

Thinking about men and masculinities

chapter 2|13 pages

Masculinism, climate change and “man-made” disasters

Toward an environmental profeminist response

chapter 4|11 pages

Hyper-masculinity and disaster

The reconstruction of hegemonic masculinity in the wake of calamity

chapter 5|11 pages

Rereading gender and patriarchy through a “lens of masculinity”

The “known” story and new narratives from post-Mitch Nicaragua

part II|48 pages

The high cost of disaster for men

chapter 6|12 pages

Men, masculinities and wildfire

Embodied resistance and rupture

chapter 8|11 pages

The tsunami's wake

Mourning and masculinity in Eastern Sri Lanka

chapter 9|12 pages

Japanese families decoupling following the Fukushima Nuclear Plant disaster

Men's choice between economic stability and radiation exposure

part III|48 pages

Diversity of impact and response among men in the aftermath of disaster

chapter 10|12 pages

Disabled masculinities and disasters

chapter 11|12 pages

Masculinity, sexuality and disaster

Unpacking gendered LGBT experiences in the 2011 Brisbane floods in Queensland, Australia

chapter 12|12 pages

Indigenous masculinities in a changing climate

Vulnerability and resilience in the United States

part IV|71 pages

Transforming masculinity in disaster management

chapter 15|11 pages

Resisting and accommodating the masculinist gender regime in firefighting

An insider view from the United Kingdom

chapter 16|11 pages

Using a gendered lens to reduce disaster and climate risk in Southern Africa

The potential leadership of men's organizations

chapter 19|15 pages

Men, masculinities and disaster

An action research agenda