Invisible and Unexamined: The State of Whiteness in Men’s Studies Journals

Cliff Leek, Markus Gerke


Existing research tells us that race is prominent in studies of men and masculinities but it doesn’t help us to understand how race is discussed. We seek to begin a larger conversation on the state of race in studies of men and masculinities by examining how whiteness specifically emerges as a subject in three Men’s Studies journals. Is race discussed in the respective research article at all? Is race used as an explanatory variable? And is whiteness discussed in the writing? In addition to these basic quantitative findings, we also present qualitative interpretations of the overall trends we observed in order to illustrate the trajectory of the state of accounts of whiteness in the field of Men’s Studies.


Keywords: masculinity, race, intersectionality, whiteness.


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