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date: 09 May 2021

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Scholars in women’s studies, men’s studies, and more recently criminologists, sociologists, and historians informed by gender analysis separate the idea of masculinity from its formerly subsumed position under the definition of “criminal” and reveal a complex history. Notions of masculinity once considered part of a monolithic patriarchy fall away to reveal multiple “masculinities,” including those of working-class men and colonial subjects. From the treatment of domestic violence to the role of honor in military and nonmilitary European and colonial duels to the Anglo-American “unwritten law” in murder trials, finding a “hegemonic masculinity” proves elusive. New studies of the role of masculinity in nonviolent crimes ranging from fraud to breaking sumptuary laws and greater geographic diversity of sources and subjects promises a new history well beyond old stereotypes of manly violence.

Keywords: honor, unwritten law, hegemonic masculinity, duels, men’s studies, domestic violence, murder, working classes

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