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Key resources

The resources below are suggested as potential starting points for further exploring and discussing issues around gendered social norms and masculinity. Again, this list is not intended to be comprehensive, but offers a range of additional materials which may be useful tools for those working with men and boys or interested in finding out more about specific issues related to masculine gender norms.

Theory of social and gender norms

Social and gender norms in practice

Working with men and boys

Popular accounts of masculinity and being a man

  • Asher, R. (2016) Man Up: Boys, Men and Breaking the Male Rules. London: Harvill Secker.
  • Barber R., Blake V., Hearn J., Jackson D., Johnson R., Zbyszek L. and McEwan D. (2016) Men’s Stories for a Change: Ageing Men Remember. The Older Men’s Memory Work Group. Champaign, IL: Common Ground Publishing.
  • Hemmings, C. (2017) Be a Man: How Macho Culture Damages Us and How to Escape It. London: Biteback Publishing.
  • Jackson, D. (2016) Unmasking Masculinity: A Critical Autobiography. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Perry, G. (2017) The Descent of Man. London: Penguin.
  • Pinkett, M., Roberts, M. (2019) Boys Don't Try? Rethinking Masculinity in Schools, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Urwin, J. (2017) Man Up: Surviving Modern Masculinity. London: Icon Books.
  • Webb, R. (2017) How Not to Be a Boy. Edinburgh: Canongate Books.

Videos for discussion