Inclusive Masculinity Theory: Overview, reflection and refinement

Eric Anderson, Mark McCormack

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In 2010, this journal published an early exposition of inclusive masculinity theory. Since then, the theory has been widely adopted within both the sport and masculinities literature. Furthermore, a large number of other scholars not using the theory have also documented and labelled new masculinity types. There has also been refinement of Inclusive Masculinity Theory, alongside theoretical critiques. In this article, we provide an overview of the genesis of the theory and its refinement, before considering and responding to published and unpublished critiques of the theory. We then suggest future directions for research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)547-561
JournalJournal of Gender Studies
Issue number5
Early online date23 Oct 2016
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018


  • masculinities
  • theory
  • sociology
  • gender


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