Ecological masculinities: a response to societal crises of our time
Journal article, 2020

The present article is concerned with the nexus of masculinities and environment. The authors present their critical analyses of two configurations of masculinities the authors refer to as ‘industrial/breadwinner’ and ‘ecomodern’ masculinities that dominate politics worldwide. The authors stated their opinion on the fact that the first two configurations of masculinities are acutely but distinctly in conflict with the wellbeing of the planet. The paper presents an empirical and theoretical analysis of ‘ecological masculinities’, which considers the insights and limitations of masculinities studies, deep ecology, ecological feminism and feminist care theory. In this article, the authors focus their attention on the necessity of ecologisation of masculinities as well as on the need for men and masculinities to ‘ecologise’ relationally and create more caring encounters with self and others. In support of the need in a transition from hegemonisation to ecologisation, necessary configurations beyond the constraints of industrial/breadwinner and ecomodern masculinities are presented. The authors also argue that the potential to expose and resolve the anthropocentric discord between Earth, others and human beings is possible within the very constructs of manhood. The notion of ecological masculinities suggested in the article is a constructive response to the roles of men and masculine identities in the Anthropocene. The exit politics central to the notion of ecological masculinities represent a theoretical framework and plurality of practices reflective of a masculine ecologisation process. The authors encourage scholarly masculinities inquiries and practices towards broader, deeper and wider care for the ‘glocal’ (global and local) common

feminist care theory

industrial/breadwinner masculinities

ecomodern masculinities

deep ecology

masculinities politics

ecological masculinities

ecological feminism


Martin Hultman

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Science, Technology and Society

Paul Pulé

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Science, Technology and Society

Narodonaselenie (Population)

1561-7785 (ISSN)

Vol. 23 2 61-71

Subject Categories

Gender Studies

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)



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