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Palgrave Games in Context

Masculinities in Play

Editors: Taylor, Nicholas, Voorhees, Gerald (Eds.)

  • The first anthology to offer in-depth engagement with the internal dynamics of masculinity and male privilege in gaming cultures
  • Addresses the cultural, economic, and technological mechanisms through which games, and the cultures and contexts surrounding their use and production, continue to be associated with hegemonic masculinities and cis-male identities
  • Part of a trilogy of books addressing questions of gender, sexuality, and gaming cultures from a comprehensive, contemporary perspective
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About this book

This volume addresses the persistent and frequently toxic associations between masculinity and games. It explores many of the critical issues in contemporary studies of masculinity—including issues of fatherhood, homoeroticism, eSports, fan cultures, and militarism—and their intersections with digital games, the contexts of their play, and the social futures associated with sustained involvement in gaming cultures. Unlike much of the research and public discourse that put the onus of “fixing” games and gaming cultures on those at its margins—women, LGBTQ, and people of color—this volume turns attention to men and masculinities, offering vital and productive avenues for both practical and theoretical intervention.

About the authors

Nicholas Taylor is Assistant Professor of Digital Media in the Department of Communication at North Carolina State University, USA. His work applies critical, feminist, and socio-technical perspectives to experimental and mixed-methods research with digital gaming communities.

Gerald Voorhees is Assistant Professor of Digital Culture and Communication in the Department Communication Arts at the University of Waterloo, Canada. His research is on games and new media as sites for the construction and contestation of identity and culture.

Reviews

“This is a vitally important contribution to not only game studies, but critical conversations about masculinity and culture more broadly.” (T. L. Taylor, Professor of Comparative Media Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)

“A must-read for anyone interested in the role media play in social inequalities, Taylor and Voorhees’ unique collection of scholarship examines gendered representations in gaming cultures, the communities of people who participate, and the systems of inequality supported and celebrated. Masculinities in Play pushes work on masculinities and media in new directions. Including an eclectic body of scholarship, this is a vital contribution to gaming scholarship examining masculinities in and around digital landscapes that helps us better understand the relationships between representations, subjectivities, and the interactions between.” (Tristan Bridges, Assistant Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)

“This collection is a timely intervention into the field of game studies that tracks the mutually constitutive elements of digital gaming and contemporary masculinity through multiple contexts: digital games, gaming technologies and the cultures of players. Masculinities in Play offers scholars and students of videogames and gaming a high-quality interdisciplinary survey of key work examining this intersection through masculinity studies. This provides a theoretically rich, rigorous and coherent perspective on how contemporary hegemonic gaming shapes and is in turn shaped by gaming.” (Tom Apperley, Associate Professor of Digital Learning, Deakin University, Australia)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction: Masculinity and Gaming: Mediated Masculinities in Play

    Taylor, Nicholas (et al.)

    Pages 1-19

  • “We’re Going to Have to Do Things That Are Unthinkable”: Masculinity/Games/Torture

    Burrill, Derek

    Pages 23-36

  • Army Men: Military Masculinity in Call of Duty

    Blackburn, Gregory

    Pages 37-53

  • The End of the Dream: How Grand Theft Auto V Simulates and Subverts Its Male Player-Character Dynamics

    Moody, Kyle

    Pages 55-69

  • “You’re a Hunter, Bro”: Representations of Masculinity in Until Dawn

    Waldie, Rebecca

    Pages 71-91

Buy this book

eBook $24.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-90581-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $34.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-90580-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Masculinities in Play
Editors
  • Nicholas Taylor
  • Gerald Voorhees
Series Title
Palgrave Games in Context
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-90581-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-90581-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-90580-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 291
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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