Sarah Riley, Adrienne Evans

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This chapter explores some important issues for critical psychologists interested in gender. We consider how complex and changeable sex and gender categorisations are when we try to define them and draw on social constructionist and poststructuralist theoretical frameworks to think through these complexities. Reviewing a shift from thinking about gender as something we are, to something we do, we consider two related bodies of research, on ‘hegemonic masculinity’ and ‘postfeminism’. In the process we consider contemporary gender relations in the globalised West, including issues of equality, sexism, and new consumer-oriented ways of thinking about masculinity and femininity
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Critical Social Psychology
EditorsBrendan Gough
PublisherSpringer Nature
ISBN (Print)9781137510174, 113751017X
Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2017


  • gender
  • postfeminism
  • hegemonic masculinity
  • consumerism
  • sexism
  • bromance
  • Beyonce


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