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344 pp.
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Imprint: OUP Canada

Canadian Perspectives on Men & Masculinities

An Interdisciplinary Reader

Jason A. Laker

This new interdisciplinary reader is one of the only texts that explores men and masculinity issues within a distinctly Canadian context. Featuring sixteen original essays by leading scholars from a wide range of disciplines, this fascinating volume analyzes the many ways in which men and masculine gender roles have been constructed and depicted within Canadian society. Organized into three thematic sections, the text examines topics such as popular culture, sports, immigration, race, class, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, and other dimensions of identity, while considering whether 'Canadian masculinity' is particularly unique. Current and comprehensive, Canadian Perspectives on Men & Masculinities is essential reading for understanding the multifaceted and ever-evolving male experience in Canada.

Readership : Canadian Perspectives on Men and Masculinities is intended for second-, third-, and fourth-year students studying masculinity and gender in women's studies and sociology departments at universities and colleges across Canada. It also has the potential to find a home as a supplementary text in anthropology, history, and English courses as gender issues are typically covered in these disciplines.


  • "It was a pleasant surprise to read articles that explore masculinity issues from psychological, sociological, anthropological, historical, and literary angles."

    --David Long, The King's University College

Jason A. Laker: Introduction: Rumours of our Battle Have Been Vastly Overstated
Part I - Born and Becoming: On Growing Up Male in Canada
1. Michele Landsberg: From Where We Stand: Canadian Women's Experiences of Masculinities
2. Gilles Tremblay and Pierre L'heureux: The Genesis of the Construction of the Male Identity
3. Alexandre Dumas and Emily Bournival: Canadian Masculinities and the Body
4. Peter Cornish and Timothy A.G. Osachuk: Canadian Men's Relationships and Help-Seeking over the Lifespan: The Role of Public Narratives
5. Walter S. DeKeseredy: Ending Woman Abuse on Canadian University and Community College Campuses: The Role of Feminist Men
Part II - The Nation's Narratives: Men and Masculinity in the Canadian Imaginary
6. Jane Tolmie and Karis Shearer: Masculinities in Canadian Literature
7. Michael A. Robidoux: Male Hegemony or Male Mythology? Uncovering Distinctions through Some of Canada's Leading Men: The Coureurs de Bois and Professional Hockey Players
8. Pauline Greenhill: Men, Masculinities, and the Male in English-Canadian Traditional and Popular Cultures
9. Yves Laberge: Social Representations of Men and Local Heroes in Québec's Public Sphere and Culture: Another Case of a 'Distinct Society'?
10. Jane McGaughey: Fighting in the Shadow: American and British Cultural Influences on Canadian Military Manhood
11. William Bridel and Marty Clark: Sport and Canadian National Identity
Part III - Borders and Crossings: Canadian Intersectional Masculinities
12. Siphiwe I. Dube: Masculinity and Religion
13. Danielle Kwan-Lafond: Racialized Masculinities in Canada
14. Sam McKegney: Warriors, Healers, Lovers, and Leaders: Confronting Simulations of Indigenous Masculinity
15. James McNinch: Queering Canadian Manhood: Sex, Love, and Marriage in Canada in the Twenty-First Century
16. Gillian Creese: Negotiating Migration, Destabilizing Masculine Identities
Jason Laker: Conclusion: Toward a Canadian Definition of Masculinity
Suggestions for Further Reading

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Dr. Jason Laker is the Vice President for Student Affairs and Professor within the Connie L. Lurie College of Education at San José State University in California, USA. Previously he served as Associate Vice-Principal and Dean of Student Affairs and Instructor within Gender and Cultural Studies at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada. He has chaired two national higher education professional association sections on the topic of men and masculinities, and has presented many educational and consulting engagements on these topics. He is a frequent presenter, consultant, and writer on the subject of men's issues and development.

Deconstructing Men & Masculinities - Michael Atkinson
The Gendered Society Reader - Edited by Michael Kimmel, Amy Aronson and Amy Kaler
Connection, Compromise, and Control - Nancy Mandell, Susannah Wilson and Ann Duffy
Sport and Gender in Canada - Edited by Philip White and Edited by Kevin Young
Manhood in America - Michael Kimmel
The Gendered Society - Michael S. Kimmel and Jacqueline Holler
Feminism and Masculinities - Edited by Peter F. Murphy

Special Features

  • 100% Canadian. Focusing on Canadian-specific topics and examples, this text offers students a relevant introduction to how masculinities are developed and understood within a Canadian context.
  • Interdisciplinary approach. Esteemed Canadian academics from a variety of scholarly backgrounds - including Sociology, History, Literary Studies, Journalism, Religious Studies, Psychology, Kinesiology, Education, and others - give students a broad and authoritative overview of the subject.
  • Original contributions. Sixteen never-before published essays offer a fresh new look at the histories, themes, and issues that have shaped - and continue to shape - Canadian male identity.
  • Comprehensive. The broad selection of readings covering a variety of key issues offers students wide-ranging insight into the male experience in Canada.
  • Thematic organization. Chapters are arranged into sections beginning with early socializing influences, followed by examinations of popular culture, and concluding with intersections of various social identities.
  • Chapter introductions. Clear and engaging introductions by editor Jason Laker guide students through complex topics by highlighting common theories, concepts, and themes.
  • Personal story telling. Combines scholarly inquiry with real-life stories in a way that is accessible and relatable to students.
  • Student-friendly pedagogy. Each chapter includes discussion questions to reinforce key themes and encourage critical thinking, as well as lists of recommended websites to direct students to reliable online information. Suggestions for further reading at the end of the book offer additional resources useful for research.