Postfeminism, men, masculinities and work: a research agenda for gender and organization studies scholars

Nicholas Rumens

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This article uses postfeminism as a critical lens to advance a much needed research agenda for studying inclusive masculinities within and across organizational settings. Inclusive masculinity theory is one the latest approaches for theorizing contemporary masculinities as they relate to men within cultures where homophobia is deemed to be in decline. If such masculinities can be evidenced then potential exists to engage men critically in social change for gender equality. However, inclusive masculinity theory has been criticized for its deficit in feminist theory. This article integrates a postfeminist imperative into inclusive masculinity theory so organizational researchers can maintain a focus on gendered power relations when examining the potential for inclusive masculinities to emerge within a postfeminist culture. Such research can enrich an organizational critical masculinity studies literature that has frequently deployed hegemonic masculinity as a conceptual tool to focus on masculinities in terms of dominance and exclusion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-259
JournalGender, Work and Organization
Issue number3
Early online date9 Aug 2016
Publication statusPublished - May 2017


  • postfeminism
  • men
  • inclusive masculinity
  • hegemonic masculinity
  • homophobia
  • work


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