What is it about?

In this article we begin to map the field of Men and Masculinities Studies by examining 20 years of publications in the journal of Men and Masculinities. We conduct a content analysis of 458 articles and 2115 keywords from 1998 to 2017. Our findings indicate similar numbers of women and men published sole-authored articles. The most prevalent themes among published articles were related to theory, sexualities, and family. Furthermore, non-English speaking regions in the world are under-represented compared to English speaking regions.

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Why is it important?

We hope that our discussion of these, and other findings, will help (re)shape the field and the journal of Men and Masculinities into a more diverse and inclusive academic space.


The findings presented here suggest that Men and Masculinities studies are anchored in a gender binary model that does not reflect accurately the intersections of race, sexuality, and gender. However, the field is changing slowly and becoming more intersectional. We argue that this is one direction the field is “heading”— unevenly, perhaps, as some geographic areas have only just identified “men” as a subject of analysis, and others are working on more intersectional approaches. We hope that as the journal and the field progress and move forward, they will become an even more inclusive academic space by encouraging and promoting research on underrepresented topics and researchers from underrepresented regions.

Tamas Robert Cserni
Stony Brook University

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This page is a summary of: Twenty Years of Men and Masculinities by the Numbers: An Analysis of Publications and Article Keywords, Men and Masculinities, March 2019, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/1097184x18805349.
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