Dr Mark McCormack
I am a sociologist interested in understanding the effects of decreasing homophobia in Western cultures, Co-Director of the Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities and Full Fellow of the International Academy of Sex Researchers. Empirically documenting the erosion of homophobia in educational and sporting settings, as well as in the wider culture, my research explores how this has resulted in an expansion of gendered behaviours for male youth and documents the improvement in life experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people. My current research is exploring the effect of decreasing homophobia on bisexual men.
I have given oral evidence to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport's inquiry into Homophobia in Sport. I also have extensive media experience, and have spoken about my research on radio shows including The Surgery on BBC Radio 1, Woman’s Hour and Thinking Allowed on BBC Radio 4, Nightwaves on BBC Radio 3, The World Service, and Q with Jian Ghomeshi on CBC Radio 1. I have also appeared on HuffPost Live and my research has been featured in print media including The Economist, The Sunday Times, The Observer, and New Internationalist. I have also blogged for Oxford University Press, OpenDemocracy and GoodMenProject. My book, The Declining Significance of Homophobia, has received considerable media attention, being reported in The Observer and The Economist, as well as being reviewed in The Independent and THE.
External organisations I have worked with include Durex, Pink Competency, a Norwegian LGBT rights group, and EACH Action (Educational Action Challenging Homophobia) with whom I have co-written guidelines on homophobic bullying for a local council in the south west of England.
I value teaching sociology and convene the third-year module Sociology of Gender and Sexuality, which I introduced in 2012. I was awarded an Excellence in Teaching and Learning award in 2016, and I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education.
I welcome enquiries from potential PhD students in the fields of masculinities and sexualities, broadly conceived.
- Wignall, L. & McCormack, M. (2017). An exploratory study of a new kink activity: “Pup Play”. Archives of Sexual Behavior 46(3): 801-811.
- Savin-Williams, R.C., Cash, B.M., McCormack, M. & Rieger, G. (2017). Gay, Mostly Gay, or Bisexual Leaning Gay? An Exploratory Study Distinguishing Gay Sexual Orientations Among Young Men. Archives of Sexual Behavior 46(1): 265-272.
- Blanchard, C., McCormack, M. & Peterson, G. (2017). Inclusive Masculinities in a Working-Class Sixth Form in Northeast England. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 46(3): 310-333.
- McCormack, M. & Wignall, L. (2016). Enjoyment, Exploration and Education: Understanding the Consumption of Pornography among Young Men with Non-Exclusive Sexual Orientations. Sociology
- McCormack, M., Wignall, L. & Morris, M. (2016). Gay guys using gay language: Friendship, shared values and the intent-context-effect matrix. British Journal of Sociology 67(4): 747-767.
- Anderson, E. & McCormack, M. (2016). Inclusive Masculinity Theory: Overview, reflection and refinement. Journal of Gender Studies Advance online publication: 1-15.
- Anderson, E., McCormack, M. & Ripley, M. (2016). Sixth Form Girls and Bisexual Burden. Journal of Gender Studies 25(1): 24-34.
- Anderson, E. & McCormack, M. (2015). Cuddling and spooning: Heteromasculinity and homosocial tactility among student-athletes. Men and Masculinities 18(2): 214-230.
- McCormack, M., Wignall, L. & Anderson, E. (2015). Identities and identifications: Changes in metropolitan bisexual men's attitudes and experiences. Journal of Bisexuality 15(1): 3-20.
- McCormack, M., Anderson, E. & Adams, A. (2014). Cohort effect on the coming out experiences of bisexual men. Sociology 48(6): 1207-1223.
- McCormack, M. & Anderson, E. (2014). Homohysteria: Definitions, context and intersectionality. Sex Roles 71(3-4): 152-158.
- McCormack, M. (2014). Innovative sampling and participant recruitment in sexuality research. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships 31(4): 475-481
- Morris, M., McCormack, M. & Anderson, E. (2014). The changing experiences of male bisexual adolescents. Gender and Education 26(4): 297-413.
- McCormack, M. & Anderson, E (2014). The Influence of Declining Homophobia on Men's Gender in the United States: An Argument for the Study of Homohysteria. Sex Roles 71(3-4): 109-120.
- McCormack, M. (2014). The intersection of youth masculinities, decreasing homophobia and class: an ethnography. British Journal of Sociology 65(1): 130-149.
- McCormack, M., Adams, A. & Anderson, E. (2013). Taking to the streets: The benefits of spontaneous methodological innovation in participant recruitment. Qualitative Research 13(2): 228-241.
- Ripley, M., Anderson, E., McCormack, M. & Rockett, B. (2012). Heteronormativity in the university classroom: Novelty attachment and content substitution among gay-friendly students. Sociology of Education 85(2): 121-130.
- Anderson, E., McCormack, M. & Lee, H. (2012). Male team sport hazing initiations in a culture of decreasing homohysteria. Journal of Adolescent Research 27(4): 427-448.
- McCormack, M. (2012). The positive experiences of openly Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered students in a Christian sixth form college. Sociological Research Online 17(3): 5.
- McCormack, M. (2011). Hierarchy without hegemony: Locating boys in an inclusive school setting. Sociological Perspectives 54(1): 83-101.
- McCormack, M. (2011). Mapping the terrain of homosexually-themed language. Journal of Homosexuality 58(5): 664-679.
- McCormack, M. (2011). The declining significance of homohysteria for male students in three sixth forms in the south of England. British Educational Research Journal 37(2): 337-353.
- Ripley, M., Anderson, E., McCormack, M., Adams, A. & Pitts, R. (2011). The decreasing significance of stigma in the lives of bisexual men. Journal of Bisexuality 11(2-3): 195-206.
- Anderson, E. & McCormack, M. (2010). Comparing black and gay male athletes: Patterns in American oppression. The Journal of Men's Studies 18(2): 145-158.
- Adams, A., Anderson, E. & McCormack, M. (2010). Establishing and challenging masculinity: The influence of gendered discourses in organized sport. Journal of Language and Social Psychology 29(3): 278-300.
- Anderson, E. & McCormack, M. (2010). Intersectionality, critical race theory and American sporting oppression: Examining black and gay male athletes. Journal of Homosexuality 57(8): 949-967.
- McCormack, M. & Anderson, E. (2010). It’s just not acceptable any more’ The erosion of homophobia and the softening of masculinity at an English sixth form. Sociology 44(5): 843-859.
- McCormack, M. & Anderson, E. (2010). The re/production of homosexually-themed discourse in educationally-based organised sport. Culture, Health & Sexuality 12(8): 913-927.
- Anderson, E. & McCormack, M. (2016). The Changing Experiences of Bisexual Men's Lives: Social Research Perspectives. Springer.
- McCormack, M. (2012). The Declining Significance of Homophobia: How Teenage Boys are Redefining Masculinity and Heterosexuality. Oxford Oxford University Press.
Chapter in book
- McCormack, M. (2014). Contextualizing Homophobic Language in Sport. In Routledge Handbook of Sport, Gender, and Sexuality. Hargreaves, J. & Anderson E. Routledge. 283-290.
- Anderson, E. & McCormack, M. (2014). Theorizing Masculinities in Contemporary Britain. In Debating Modern Masculinities: Change, Continuity, Crisis?. Roberts, S. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMilllan. 125-144.
- Brooks, R., McCormack, M. & Bhopal, K. (2013). Contemporary debates in the sociology of education: An introduction. In Contemporary Debates in the Sociology of Education. Palgrave MacMillan. 1-17.
- McCormack, M. (2013). Homosexually-themed language in schools: Mapping the boundaries of bullying and homophobic language. In Bullying: Experiences and Discourses of Sexuality and Gender. Rivers, I. & Duncan, N. Taylor & Francis. 91-104.
- McCormack, M. (2013). Mathematics and gender. In Debates in Mathematics Education. Leslie, D. & Mendick, H. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 49-57.
- Anderson, E., McCormack, M. & Ripley, M. (2013). Men, masculinities and sexualities. In Sexual Minorities in Sport: Prejudice at Play. Sartore-Baldwin M. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner. 31-54.
- McCormack, M. (2011). Queer masculinities, gender conformity and the secondary school. In Queer Masculinities: A Critical Reader in Education (Explorations of Educational Purpose). Landreau, J. & Rodriguez, N. Springer. 35-46.
- Brooks, R., McCormack, M. & Bhopal, K. (2013). Contemporary Debates in the Sociology of Education. Palgrave MacMillan.
- McCormack, M. (2015). Executive Summary: The Role of Smartphones and Technology in Sexual and Romantic Lives. Durham University.
- McCormack, M. (2015). The Role of Smartphones and Technology in Sexual and Romantic Lives. Durham University.
- McCormack, M. (2015). Young People’s Attitudes Toward and Discussion of Safe Sex and Condom Use. Durham University.
Indicators of Esteem
- Editorial Board member, British Journal of Sociology of Education:
- Editorial Board member, Journal of LGBT Youth:
- Editorial Board member, Journal of Men's Studies:
- Editorial Board member, Sociology:
- The Role of Smartphones and Technology in Sexual and Romantic Lives
- Understanding the Gendered Experiences of Mostly Heterosexual Men
- Social Theory
- Sociology of Sexuality and Gender
Available for media contact about:
- Social sciences: Homophobia
- Social sciences: Masculinities
- Social sciences: LGBT issues
- Social sciences: Bisexuality
- Social sciences: Gender and education