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Nine Centuries of ManManhood and Masculinity in Scottish History$
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Lynn Abrams and Elizabeth L. Ewan

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474403894

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474403894.001.0001

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Introduction: Interrogating Men and Masculinities in Scottish History

Introduction: Interrogating Men and Masculinities in Scottish History

(p.1) Introduction: Interrogating Men and Masculinities in Scottish History
Nine Centuries of Man

Lynn Abrams

Elizabeth Ewan

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter introduces the study of masculinities in Scotland and Scottish history. It discusses the importance of considering gender when examining the lives and actions of men, before providing a brief historiography of the study of masculinity in recent decades, including such concepts as hegemonic masculinity and patriarchy. The chapter provides a summary of the themes discussed in the three parts of the book – Models, Representations, and Lived Experiences. It briefly describes individual chapters as well as the types of sources contributors have used. Among the important issues raised by the contributors are male subjectivity, masculinities and power, violence, images of masculinity, the relationship between prescription and practice, and the intersection of age, social status, and economic and social factors with gender. The extent to which the Scottish experience is distinctive is discussed.

Keywords:   historiography, masculinity, violence, gender, honour, Scotland, power, patriarchy, hegemonic masculinity, social hierarchies

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