Multipurpose Masculinities: Gender and Power in Low Countries Histories of Masculinity


  • Stefan Dudink



This article introduces the contributions to a BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review special issue on Low Countries masculinities. It outlines a shared theoretical framework that focuses on what historian Mrinalini Sinha has called, 'the rhetorical and ideological efficacy' of notions of masculinity 'in underwriting various arrangements of power'. The article's central argument is that the history of masculinity should move 'beyond masculinity' by analysing the deployment of masculinity in the making, legitimisation and contestation of not just power relations of gender, but also other power relations. It points to the origins of this framework in post-structuralist strands of women's and gender history and evaluates critically the usefulness of the notion of 'hegemonic masculinity' for such an approach.


This article is part of the special issue 'Low Countries Histories of Masculinity'.


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Author Biography

Stefan Dudink

Stefan Dudink (1967) teaches at the Institute for Gender Studies of Radboud University Nijmegen. His research is concerned with the meanings of gender and sexuality in modern political culture, with a focus on the Netherlands in a comparative context. With Karen Hagemann and Anna Clark he is editor, of Representing Masculinity: Male Citizenship in Modern Western Culture (New York 2007, second edition 2012); with Karen Hagemann and John Tosh of Masculinities in Politics and War: Gendering Modern History (Manchester, New York 2004), and author of Deugdzaam liberalisme. Sociaal-liberalisme in Nederland 1870-1901 (Amsterdam 1997).




How to Cite

Dudink, S. (2012). Multipurpose Masculinities: Gender and Power in Low Countries Histories of Masculinity. BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review, 127(1), 5–18.