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GWS 220 Men, Masculinities, and Patriarchy

This course guide is intended to help highlight University Library resources to support student research and assignments for GWS Men, Masculinities, and Patriarchy at CSU Northridge.


This is a guide for your GWS 220: Men, Masculinities, and Patriarchy course at California State University Northridge.

Thinking About Research Strategies for topics within Gender, Masculinity and Patriarchy

According to your GWS 220 course syllabus your course "Uses an interdisciplinary approach (Social Sciences and Humanities) to address the various ways in which “men” are also ‘gendered’ and need to be the subject of inquiries of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, inequality, and privilege. It examines popular cultural contexts, asking what it means to be a man in contemporary society. The major themes that we will explore are: patriarchy, the “social construction” of gender; gender role stereotypes; power; violence; masculinity and its intersection with race and racism, masculinities in the media; “men” in family life; masculinities and sports; masculinities and work life; “men’s” movements; masculinities in different historical and cultural contexts; and the concept of hegemonic (normative) versus marginalized masculinities."

When searching University Library databases or OneSearch think of what keywords might help target results within your topical focus or foci.

toxic masculinity

LCSH Subject Headings Include:

Men -- Identity
Men in Popular Culture
Men in Literature
Masculinity in Literature
Masculinity in Motion Pictures


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