Masculinity and Femininity

Priola, Vincenza (2010). Masculinity and Femininity. In: Mills, Albert J.; Durepos, Gabrielle and Wiebe, Elden eds. Encyclopedia of Case Study Research. Case Study & Narrative Analysis. London: Sage, pp. 547–548.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4135/9781412957397.n200

Abstract

Masculinity and femininity refer to values, meanings, and behaviors culturally associated with men and women, respectively. They represent concepts associated with gender identities and practices and do not necessarily coincide with the categories of men and women. The terms are often used in their plural form to refer to more than one masculinity and or femininity and to more than one mode of being masculine and/or feminine. Masculinities and femininities are regarded as contingent, fragmented, and socially constructed images of maleness and femaleness.

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